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Highlights : Modi underscores importance of defanging Article 370

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, Aug 08: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation, explaining the Centre's stand on the abrogation of Article 370. While justifying the decision, he said that the move is aimed at benefiting the people of the state and they have nothing to worry about.

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11:15 PM, 8 Aug
Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma also 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.
11:14 PM, 8 Aug
Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said the accession of Jammu and Kashmir 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.
11:14 PM, 8 Aug
In a series of tweets, Shah said, "During his address to the nation this evening, PM @NarendraModi has shared his vision and commitment for the development of the people of J&K and Ladakh region. The peace, prosperity and welfare of these regions is the top most priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi."
11:14 PM, 8 Aug
BJP president and Union Home Minister said the prime minister shared his vision and commitment for the development of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region and and urged them "to be a part of this historic journey".
11:13 PM, 8 Aug
The BJP hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "inspiring" address to the nation on his government's action on Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, but the opposition Congress said it was "hardly reassuring" for the people and lacked conviction.
8:50 PM, 8 Aug
Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his address with the promise that the decision to defang Article 370 will only benefit the people of Jammu and Kashmir
8:39 PM, 8 Aug
Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India. Many have sacrificed their lives for this. The list of martyrs from Kashmir is lengthy. We have lost a lot of people from across the country. All these people want peace Jammu and Kashmir says PM Modi. This decision will be beneficial to all. This will help in global peace says PM Modi.
8:39 PM, 8 Aug
Those who believe in the Indian Constitution have the right to live well. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have a right to realise that area. I assure the people of J&K that their problems will be solved. I wish all the people on the occasion of Eid. The centre is taking all steps to help you observe Eid.
8:36 PM, 8 Aug
I want to tell everyone, that any problem of people of J&K and Ladakh is also our problem. We are with them in their happy moments and their sad moments.
8:33 PM, 8 Aug
All those who oppose this decision should keep national security in mind. I only request them to support us. We have good work to dip. This is the country’s problem. Their problems are ours says Modi. Scrapping of Article 370 is a reality and it is time to work towards it says Modi.
8:32 PM, 8 Aug
Decades of dynasty rule in J&K prevented the youth from political leadership. Now my youth of J&K will lead the development work and take the region to new heights.
8:31 PM, 8 Aug
It is time to take the products of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to the world says Modi. Ladakh will have spiritual, eco tourism. There will be innovative spirit in Ladakh. People will have better infrastructure and job opportunities says PM Modi.
8:30 PM, 8 Aug
I am confident that in future even international films will be shot there.
8:27 PM, 8 Aug
I call on the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to come forward and work towards its development. These areas have a potential to become a great tourist spot. Once the situation is normal, development will take place, says PM Modi.
8:27 PM, 8 Aug
I urge the film industry to think about shooting more films in J&K and Ladakh. This will help the tourism industry and also provide employment to the youth.
8:27 PM, 8 Aug
I am hopeful that development will take place. There should be digitisation and this will help the youth get employment.
8:24 PM, 8 Aug
I have full faith that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will move forward. Decades of family rule has deprived the people of the state.
8:22 PM, 8 Aug
J&K will be under central government rule. This is a decision that was taken in the interest of the state. Due to this there has been good governance and benefits to the people says PM Modi.
8:19 PM, 8 Aug
I want to assure that your leader will be chosen by you. You will have to right to chose your representative, says PM Modi. You will get to chose your CM also says Modi.
8:19 PM, 8 Aug
All Jammu and Kashmir employees including police force to get benefits on par with those in the rest of the country says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
8:19 PM, 8 Aug
Projects blocked for decades have been expedited,
8:18 PM, 8 Aug
The democracy in the our nation is so strong but you will be surprised to know that in J&K there are thousands of people who could not vote in elections or contest them
8:15 PM, 8 Aug
J&K will be under central government rule. This is a decision that was taken in the interest of the state. Due to this there has been good governance and benefits to the people says PM Modi.
8:14 PM, 8 Aug
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.
8:13 PM, 8 Aug
New employment opportunities will given to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
8:12 PM, 8 Aug
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.
8:12 PM, 8 Aug
Article 370 is now history. I am sure that the the people will understand it. Now the people of the state will get all benefits says PM Modi. All benefits that the government employees and police force of the rest of the country got, will be extended to those in J&K as well.
8:10 PM, 8 Aug
The Minimum Wages Act is applicable across the country. But in J&K it was only on paper. Even in the elections, there was no reservation says PM Modi.
8:10 PM, 8 Aug
There is a law to stop atrocities on Dalits across the nation. But there was no such provision in Jammu and Kashmir due to special status says PM.
8:10 PM, 8 Aug
We as a nation, as a family, have taken a historic decision. A system due to which brothers & sisters of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh were deprived of many rights & which was a big obstacle to their development, that system has been done away with

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