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Fri, 06 Dec 2019

Northeast Today

Sardar Patel’s dream is now fulfilled as wall of Article 370 demolished: PM Modi

Sardar Patel’s dream is now fulfilled as wall of Article 370 demolished: PM Modi
October 31
12:33 2019

NET Bureau

On the occasion of Sardar Patel’s 144th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday dedicated the decision to abrogate the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution “at the feet” of the country’s first home minister.

“I dedicate the August 5 decision of abrogation of Article 370 to Sardar Vallabhai Patel on his birthday today. We are lucky that we could fulfil his incomplete dreams. Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir are now marching towards development and prosperity,” Modi said while addressing a gathering at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadiya.

The Prime Minister further said Jammu and Kashmir was the only state with Article 370 where terrorism killed more than 40000 people in the past decades. “We were divided by a wall. But, Sardar Patel’s dream is now fulfilled, the wall has been demolished by us,” he added.

The bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh came into effect today with immediate events including LGs, top bureaucrats, police chiefs taking charge. Beyond the symbolic importance — the birth anniversary of Patel — the day will mark the beginning of the functioning of the two UTs at a bureaucratic level.

Centuries ago India was united by Chanakya, and after that Patel achieved the same feat by merging princely states with the Union of India, the Prime Minister added.

In an apparent jibe at Pakistan, PM Modi said, “those who cannot win wars against us are trying to threaten and challenge our unity, but they forget that despite decades of similar attempts no one could ever accomplish to harm our unity.”

“Together, we have to fight forces which are trying to threaten our unity. This will be a true tribute to Sardar Vallabhai Patel,” he added.

Source: The Indian ExPress

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