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Had no doubts about consequences of removing Article 370: Amit Shah

File photo: Amit Shah. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 11, 2019, 01.22 PM (IST)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that he was confident that scrapping Article 370 would end terrorism in the state. 

Speaking at the launch of a book on Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Chennai, Shah said he firmly believed that Article 370 that gave the special status to Jammu and Kashmir should be removed as it was not beneficial to the country.

"As a legislator, I firmly believe Article 370 should've been removed long ago. As a Home Minister, there was no confusion in my mind about the consequences of removing Art 370. I’m confident terrorism in Kashmir will finish and it’ll move ahead on the path of development now," Shah said. 

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The PM Narendra Modi government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

On August 9, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his nod to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, making it into law. The bill was passed in both houses of the Indian Parliament.

The Bill provides for the formation of the Union Territory of Ladakh without legislature and a separate one for Jammu and Kashmir with the legislature. Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will come into existence as separate Union Territories on October 31.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, on its part, has downgraded bilateral ties with India and suspended all bilateral trade activities, communication, and railways, which facilitated people-to-people ties between each other.