Article 370 only gave separatism and terrorism to Jammu and Kashmir: PM Modi 

Edited By: Sparshita Saxena WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Updated: Oct 31, 2019, 11:38 AM(IST)

PM Narendra Modi (File photo) Photograph:( ANI )

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Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh officially become separate Union Territories today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid floral tribute to India's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Statue of Unity on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary. Addressing an event at Gujarat's Kevadia, PM Modi said that "Sardar Sahib always spoke about unity of purpose, unity of aim and unity of endeavour."

The prime minister stated that the 'Run for Unity' program is being held today across the country. "I thank every citizen for participating in this program. India is known for 'unity in diversity’; it is our pride and our identity," he said. 

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Speaking on the Ntaional Unity Day, PM Modi hailed his government's decision to abrogate Article 370 and said that the special provision was the reason behind separatism and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh officially become separate Union Territories today.

On the occasion, the prime minister said that "I am happy that from today all the government employees of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will be getting the benefits under the 7th Pay Commission as granted to the employees of other Union Territories".

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Hailing the abrogation of Article 370, the prime minister said that the Article "only gave separatism and terrorism to J&K". 

"It was the only place in the country where Article 370 was present, where in last 3 decades, over 40,000 people got killed and several mothers lost their sons due to terrorism. Now this wall of Article 370 has been demolished".

"Those who can't win a war against us are challenging our unity. They try to break our unity and try to groom separatism. Our unity is being challenged. They forget that no one could defeat this unity," he said.

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