Jharkhand on path to becoming a naxal-free state: Amit Shah

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Jamtara: BJP national President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das (R) and Union minister Arjun Munda waves at the crowd during a rally for the beginning of his Jan Ashirvaad Yatra, ahead of the state Assembly elections, in Jamtara, Wednesday, Sept 18, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Jamtara: BJP national President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das (R) and Union minister Arjun Munda waves at the crowd during a rally for the beginning of his Jan Ashirvaad Yatra, ahead of the state Assembly elections, in Jamtara, Wednesday, Sept 18, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed Pakistan its place by abrogating Article 370 and 35A and established that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.

Assembly elections are due in Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Haryana this year.

Addressing a public meeting after launching the BJP’s ‘Johar Jan Ashirwad Yatra’, the BJP president said his party stood in favour of removing Article 370 ever since it had been there.

Located in santhal paragana near Dumka, Jamtara is more than 250 km from the capital Ranchi. Johar is a tribal salutation.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Union Tribal Affairs minister Arjun Munda and Bihar minister Nand Kishore Yadav, who is BJP’s in-charge of Jharkhand, were present on the occasion.

“Removing Article 370, Modi ji showed Pakistan its place, and established that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” Shah said.

“Naxalism was there, but now Jharkhand is headed towards almost Naxal-free state and moving forward with developmental initiatives,” he said.

Shah gave an account to the people of how the central and state governments developed the sectors like electricity, housing, health care, toilet construction, free of cost gas connection and drinking water, two battalions comprising Paharia tribes and setting up nearly 70 Eklavya schools the current regime, and demanded that the Congress should also give an account what it had done during its ten years rule.

He said after the “Johar Jan Ashirwad Yatra” of Chief Minister Raghubar Das, which he kicked off Wednesday from Jamatra, will criss-cross all the 81 assembly constituencies and when it reaches Ranchi, the BJP would once again form a majority government.

“The double engine governments will make Jharkhand the number one state in the country,” Shah promised.

(PTI)