PM rules out rethinking Art 370 removal, CAA ‘despite pressure’

VARANASI, Feb 16: Ruling out any rethink on decisions on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that his government remains and will remain firm on the steps despite pressure from all sides.
“Be it the scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir or the Citizenship Amendment Act, the country waited for decisions on these for years,” he told a public meeting here during a daylong visit to his Lok Sabha constituency.
“These decisions were necessary in the interest of the nation. Duniya bhar ke saarey dabao ke bawjood, inn faislon par hum qayam hain aur qayam rahengey (Despite pressure from all sides, we remain firm on these decisions and will continue to remain firm,” Modi said.
Provisions of Article 370 of the constitution, which accorded special powers to the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, were abrogated by the government in August last year.
The prime minister’s tough talk assumed significance in view of protests against the CAA in various parts of the country. (PTI)