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J&K: Amit Shah at the Rajouri rally, announces reservation for Pahari, Gujjars and Bakarwals community

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from Monday evening. He addressed a rally in Rajouri district of Jammu today.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Rajouri/Jammu: Union Home Minister Amit Shah today announced in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri that the Pahari community, apart from Gujjars and Bakarwals, will soon get reservation in education and jobs as Scheduled Tribes (STs). During the rally, Amit Shah said that the commission set up by the Lieutenant Governor has sent the report.

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In which reservation has been recommended for Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari communities. It will be given soon. He claimed that reservation has become possible only after the special status under Article 370 was removed. By removing it, minorities, dalits, tribals, hill people will get their rights. Hindus are a religious minority in the Muslim-majority union territory.

If Pahari people are given ST status, it will be the first instance of reservation for any linguistic group in India. To do this, the central government needs to amend the Reservation Act in Parliament.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from Monday evening. He addressed a rally in Rajouri district of Jammu today. Before addressing this rally today, the Home Minister offered prayers at Vaishno Devi Temple in Katra in the morning.

Home Minister reached Katra temple via Sanjichhat helipad. He was accompanied by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Union Minister Jitendra Singh. This is Amit Shah’s first visit to the Vaishno Devi temple after becoming the Union Home Minister. On the other hand, tomorrow he will address a rally in Baramulla district of North Kashmir.

Mr Shah said, “I want to appeal to you to free Jammu and Kashmir from the clutches of three families that ruled here.” He did not namethe families, though the PDP of the Muftis and National Conference of the Abdullahs have been his targets, as have been the Gandhis of the Congress.

Jammu and Kashmir, the state that was, last had an elected government in 2018, in which the BJP was a junior partner and Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP was Chief Minister. The NC, too, was once BJP’s partner at the Centre.

Mr Shah said “power is now with 30,000 people who were elected to panchayats and district councils through fair elections” underlining that village-level elections had already been held. “Earlier, all money sent by the Centre for development was usurped by a few, but now everything is spent on welfare.”

He also claimed that the security situation is “far better” now due to the “strong action” taken against terrorists by the Modi government.

Mehbooba Mufti has said the BJP’s claims belie facts on the ground. “it is just dividing communities by using reservation,” she has alleged.

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