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PM Modi’s speech to nation Highlights: ‘Naya Bharat, naya Jammu Kashmir, naya Ladakh’

PM Narendra Modi address to the nation today: "I want to congratulate the people of the nation on the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir bifurcation bill."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 8, 2019 10:40:52 pm
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Three days after the Centre removed special status for Jammu and Kashmir and passed a bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spelt out the government’s agenda for the region. Addressing the nation, the PM said a new era has begun in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. “Article 370 and Article 35 (A) did not give anything except separatism, corruption, terrorism and family rule,” he said. Calling it a “historic decision”, the PM said the removal of Article 370 was a dream of Sardar Patel, S P Mookerjee, B R Ambedkar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee and crores of people.

Modi’s speech centred on the removal of Article 370. “In last three decades, over 42,000 people lost their lives,” he said, adding “we will rid J&K of terrorism and separatism under new measures.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday announced the revocation of certain provisions of the Article through a Presidential Order. The order also sought to bifurcate the state into two union territories. On Tuesday, the Parliament ratified the resolution to scrap Article 370 and passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill.  Meanwhile, Kashmir remains in a state of lockdown since Sunday night, with heavy deployment of troops and the arrest of mainstream political leaders, including former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah.

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Addressing the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the decision to remove Article 370 was a historic decision. Highlights in Bangla, Tamil

22:39 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Who stopped him from giving statement in Parliament, CPI's D Raja on Modi speech

Reacting to the PM's address to the nation, CPI general secretary D Raja said, "It is all rhetoric and nothing more. What stopped him from giving a statement in Parliament? This shows that as rulers this government only wants to address its subjects."

"In fact what he said was full of excuses as if he isn't himself convinced. Also, people of Jammu and Kashmir have excelled in sports and even civil services exams. How will removing 370 help? He said UT status is temporary, o ask him, what is temporary? It was all rhetoric and excuses for his Government's move," Raja said.

22:38 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Historic address by PM Modi: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Law Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad hailed the prime minister, saying, "Historic address by PM Narendra Modi. Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh is soon going to witness unprecedented growth and development creating better opportunities for people of the regions."  He used the hashtag "KashmirWithModi" with his tweet.

22:37 (IST)08 Aug 2019
PM only repeated what Shah said, hardly reassuring: Congress spokesperson

Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said the accession of J&K with India was voluntary and the political leadership endorsed the decision.

"What the Prime Minister has said is a repetition of what Home Minister Amit Shah has said. That can hardly be reassuring for the people of Jammu and Kashmir...It lacks any conviction and logic which would be reassuring the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir about the respect of their fundamental rights," he told PTI.

Sharma said India, being the largest democracy in the world, should have had self-confidence by not denying the people their fundamental rights and liberties in J-K. Sharma also said that the bifurcation of the state and its downgrading is without any precedent in the history of India. He said there is a clampdown in the entire region and it should be lifted.

21:46 (IST)08 Aug 2019
PM Modi has put an end to injustice in J&K: Amit Shah

"The people of J&K and Ladakh have always been betrayed and deprived of development in the name of Article 370 by those who ruled the state for the past seven decades. But now by the abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister Modi has put an end to this injustice," said Union Minister Amit Shah.

21:27 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Meanwhile, in Kashmir: All educational institutions to re-open from August 9

All educational institutions including government and private schools shall re-open with effect from 9th of August 2019, to function as usual, as per the directive by Samba district administration. Follow LIVE updates on Kashmir here

21:13 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Article 370 didn’t give anything except separatism’: 10 quotes from PM Modi’s speech

Amid tensions with Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday addressed the nation defending his government’s decision to scrap the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Here's 10 quotes from PM Modi’s speech

20:41 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Naya Bharat, Naya Jammu Kashmir, Naya Ladakh: PM Modi

Concluding his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said we should welcome 'Naya Jammu and Kashmir and Naya Ladakh in Naya Bharat."

20:39 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Assure that there is no problem to J&K citizens during Eid: PM Modi

The government will assure that there is no problem to citizens in J&K during Eid celebrations. The government will also help those outside J&K who want to go home for Eid: PM Modi

20:37 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Kashmir is the crown of our country: PM Modi

"Kashmir is the crown of our country — that is all we've all grown up listening to. Countless of Kashmiri, Ladakhi martyrs have laid down their lives by making the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect their motherland from the enemy," says Prime Minister in his address. 

20:32 (IST)08 Aug 2019
PM Modi talks about collective heritage of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh

PM Modi talks about the collective heritage of the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. "When the local crafts and products from this land will be made available to the entire nation, it will not just generate revenue but also create opportunities for the local businesses. This will bring people into the mainstream," says Modi.

20:31 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Ladakh has the potential for spiritual, eco, adventure tourism

PM Modi: "After becoming a union territory, the development of Ladakh and its people is Indian govt's responsibility. Central government will extend benefits of development to Ladakh. It has the potential for spiritual, eco, adventure tourism "

20:29 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Dynastic politics discouraged leadership opportunities to J&K youth: PM Modi

Years of dynastic politics in Jammu and Kashmir discouraged leadership opportunities to the youth. 

20:26 (IST)08 Aug 2019
There will be IITs, IIMs in J&K: PM Modi

PM Modi: "There will be IITs and IIMs in Jammu &Kashmir. Ease of living will improve in J&K. Together we will free Kashmir from terrorism. People of J&K will get to choose their own representatives."

20:25 (IST)08 Aug 2019
J&K has the potential to be world's best tourist destination

PM Modi on Jammu and Kashmir and the revocation of Article 370: "J&K has the potential to be world's best tourist destination. There was a time when most Bollywood films were shot in Kashmir."  

20:25 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Impact of good governance and development is now visible in J&K: PM Modi

"Impact of good governance and development is now visible in J&K under central administration. All vacant posts in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will be filled, creating employment opportunities," says PM Modi while addressing the nation. 

20:24 (IST)08 Aug 2019
No one could tell how Article 370 benefited people: PM Modi in address to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: "There was never any discussion as to how Article 370 was adversely affecting the people of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. And it is surprising, no one was able to really tell how did the article benefit the people."

20:22 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Rural development will be back on track in the valley: PM Modi

"The rural development, which has been halted in the valley for last two-three decades will be back on track. We'll ensure that block development projects are run in an efficient way," says PM Modi. 

20:22 (IST)08 Aug 2019
You will choose your own representatives soon: Modi to J&K people

"Ease of living will improve in J&K. People of J&K will choose their own representatives. J&K will have a CM, ministers and MLAs. J&K administration will implement welfare societies. If things improve, J&K doesn't have to be UT always. There will be Assembly elections in J&K ," Modi says. 

20:17 (IST)08 Aug 2019
J&K workers were deprived of sanitation laws: PM Modi

"In different states of the country sanitation workers come under the Sanitation Worker Act, but workers from J&K were deprived of it. In many states strong laws are their to stop atrocities against Dalits, but this was not the case in J&K," Modi says while addressing the nation. 

"State govt employees including police will soon get benefits on par with employees of other Union Territories," he said. 

20:16 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Good governance and development seen on ground in J&K since Governor's rule: PM Modi

PM Modi on Kashmir: "Since Governor's rule, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has come under central governance. That is why we could see good governance and development on ground,  where it used to be on paper. "

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation comes two days after the NDA government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special rights and divided it into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Modi had called it a "momentous occasion in our Parliamentary democracy, where landmark bills pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir have been passed with overwhelming support". Taking to Twitter, Modi said he "salute(s) my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience. For years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. Jammu and Kashmir is now free from their shackles. A new dawn, better tomorrow awaits!"

PM Modi had also advised his ministerial colleagues that there is no room for triumphalism and reminded them that it’s now that the heavy-lifting begins, sources told The Indian Express. The Prime Minister reminded his ministerial colleagues that being the ruling party, BJP leaders should be aware of the “repercussions” of such a decision and its effect on a section of people.

The last time he addressed the nation was on March 27 during the Lok Sabha polls when he announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile (A-Sat) capability by shooting down a live satellite. Modi also hosts Mann ki Baat show on All India Radio on the last Sunday of every month.

Even as BJP celebrated the scrapping of Article 370, an unprecedented lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir has reached its fourth day today. Communication services continue to be blocked— with mobile internet suspended, and cellular network, landline and broadband connectivity down.

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