New Delhi, Nov 20: Speaking on the situation in Kashmir in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah said that decision on resuming internet services in Kashmir – where internet has been snapped for over 100 days – will be taken when the “local administration is convinced”.
Amit Shah said in parliament today, adding that no person has died in Jammu and Kashmir due to in police firing since August 5 when the government made the big announcement of ending Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
All Urdu/English newspapers and TV channels are functioning, banking services are fully functional as well. All Govt offices and all Courts are open. Block development council elections were held, 98.3% polling was recorded
Amit Shah dares Ghulam Nabi Azad to counter facts, says, “Availability of petrol, diesel, kerosene, LPG and rice is adequate. 22 lakh metric ton apples are expected to be produced. All landlines are open. I challenge Ghulam Nabi Azad Sahab to counter these facts which I presented, why don’t you object to these figures on record? I am willing to discuss this issue for even an hour.”
12.26 pm: “As far as internet services are concerned, the decision can be taken by the Jammu and Kashmir authorities. There are activities by Pakistan too in Kashmir region, so keeping security in mind, whenever the local authority deems it fit, a decision will be taken,” Amit Shah.
11.46 am: A meeting of Congress Lok Sabha MPs, to discuss Parliament strategy, took place at the Congress parliamentary party office in Parliament. Party interim president Sonia Gandhi is chairing the meeting. In the meeting, Congress has decided that the party will raise in Parliament the issues of economic slowdown, unemployment and detention of Kashmiri political leaders.
11.44 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Parliament. He will be speaking in Rajya Sabha today and tabling documents pertaining to proclamation of President’s rule in Maharashtra
11.15 am: JP Nadda, BJP, in Rajya Sabha: There is nothing political, security hasn’t been withdrawn. Home Ministry has a very set pattern & there is a protocol. It is not done by a politician, it is done by the Home Ministry and according to threat perception, the security is given & withdrawn.
11.10 am: Congress MP Anand Sharma raises the issue of withdrawal of SPG cover to party leaders Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi & Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in Rajya Sabha. Says “We urge govt that issues of security of our leaders have to be beyond partisan political considerations