Article 370, 35A hindering development of J&K, People now want change: PM Modi


NEW DELHI: The people of Kashmir want a change, including Article 35A and Article 370 as they hinder development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

“The problem in Kashmir is largely due to the 50-oddpolitical families there. They have been milking the issue. They don’t want anybenefit to be given to the common Kashmiri people. They are using publicsentiment for political gains. The income tax department has cracked down onsuch elements,” Modi said in an exclusive interview.

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He said that people of Kashmir want freedom from “political families.”

“While stone-throwers are funded by Pakistan to protect militants, when there is crackdown by the NIA on terror operators, people stand outside their homes and clap. People of Kashmir want freedom from such political families who have been preying on their emotions for 50 years. The situation in Kashmir is such that people want change, whether it is about Article 35A or 370,” Prime Minister said.

PM Modi said it was the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies which were being an obstacle for the development in theValley.

“There must be investment and job opportunities in Jammu and Kashmir. 35A, 370 have been standing in the way of development. No one goes there to invest. We can build IIMs, but professors are not ready to go there as their children don’t get admission in schools. They can’t find homes. This ends up harming the interests of J&K. Pandit Nehru’s policies stand as anobstacle for J&K today. It needs to be reviewed,” the Prime Minister said.