Union Home Minister Amit Shah is visiting the Kashmir Valley for the first time since the repeal of Article 370. Speculations are rife in political circles as to whether elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir early next year.
Amit Shah in Jammu.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah has arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on a three-day visit. His visit to Kashmir is part of a program by the Narendra Modi government in the wake of rising terrorist incidents, under which 70 Union ministers are scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir on a rotating basis.
On August 5, 2019, this is the first visit of the Home Minister to Jammu and Kashmir since the repeal of Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. This is Amit Shah’s second visit as Union Home Minister. He visited the Kashmir Valley in June 2019, 40 days before the repeal of Article 370.
Now what is on Amit Shah’s agenda?
Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir is the second high-profile political event since June, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited a delegation of political leaders, including Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, to New Delhi.
Subsequently, several ministers in the Modi government visited Jammu and Kashmir as part of the Outreach program. In September, Amit Shah met Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Even amidst the terrorist incidents, it is said that an attempt is being made to send a message through the visit of Home Minister Amit Shah that the development of New Jammu and Kashmir is a priority for the Central Government and terrorist incidents. Government intentions cannot be changed. And cannot stop the way of government. However, the government will discuss a strategy to deal harshly with terrorist incidents as well as those who sympathize with terrorists.