Two controversial bills on Kashmir presented in Indian assembly

Interior minister claims 70pc reduction in violence after abolition of occupied Kashmir's special status.

NEW DELHI: Interior minister Amit Shah has presented two controversial bills in Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, related to Jammu and Kashmir.

Under the Reservation Amendment Bill 2023, three seats have been reserved in the assembly of Jammu and Kashmir. Two of the three seats will be for the Kashmiri pundits and one for those expelled from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Under the second bill, Ladakh will be included in the union of Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking on the floor of the house, Shah termed Article 370 of the Indian constitution as a root for extremism in Kashmir and claimed that after the abolition of the special status of Kashmir in August 2019, there had been a 70 percent decrease in violence in Kashmir.

He did not spare former Indian Congress leader Jawahar Lal Nehru and said he had made the mistake of announcing a ceasefire in Kashmir in 1948. He said the second mistake made by Nehru was taking the Kashmir issue to the United Nations. 

Over the remarks, Congress members of the house protested and staged a walk out.

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