Parties demand restoration of statehood to J&K, BJP tight-lipped

Charak said after lot of struggle and sacrifices of people, J&K had become a state and it was a secular state.

Published: 16th December 2019 03:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2019 10:03 AM   |  A+A-

Jammu and Kashmir Police (Photo | PTI)

For representational purposes (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

SRI NAGAR: With centre stating that situation in Valley has returned to normal, parties have now renewed their demands for restoration of the statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been tight-lipped on this.

Former minister and president of Jammu-based socio-political organisation Duggar Saddar Sabha, Gulchain Singh Charak said Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured the Parliament on August 5 that statehood would be restored once the situation improves.

“Centre has been repeatedly saying that normalcy has returned. In such a scenario, there is no logic for keeping J&K as Union Territory. The Home Minister should fulfil his promise and restore statehood without further delay,” he said.

Charak said after lot of struggle and sacrifices of people, J&K had become a state and it was a secular state.

The centre on August 5 scrapped Articles 370 and 35A, which granted special status and special privileges to J&K residents, and bifurcated J&K state into two UTs– Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.State Congress spokesman Ravindra Sharma said scrapping state’s special status and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs was unconstitutional.

“They unilaterally disbanded and divided the state and downgraded it to UT,” he said.

J&K National Panthers Party president and former minister Harsh Dev Singh said the centre downgraded J&K into a UT. “What is a UT. The centre should restore our statehood,” he said.

Referring to Home Minister’s statement that normalcy has been restored in J&K, Singh said, “When Home Minister has been saying it, then why the central government is not restoring our statehood.”


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp