As Modi 2.0 completed its 100 days over the weekend, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said the biggest decision taken by the Government was regarding Articles 370, 35A and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
Javdekar asserted that the 100 days of the second term of BJP government were “full of unprecedented decisions and moves”.
Speaking on Kashmir, the minister said that it’s been 35 days and only a few minor incidents of violence have been reported adding that the situation is returning to normalcy in the Valley.
One of the important aspects of the decision to revoke Article 370, Javadekar said, is that “Pakistan knocked several doors including that of the United Nations, but the entire world stood with India”.
The rare closed-door consultations on Kashmir by the UN Security Council ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.
Majority of the 15 members said there should not be any statement or outcome issued after the consultations and their will prevailed, leaving China to come out and make a statement in its national capacity followed by Pakistan.
France, UK, Russia, the US — four of the five permanent members of the UN security council — have endorsed India’s line.
On August 6, the Indian Parliament approved provisions to scrap Article 370 and passed a bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.
Besides Centre’s move on Kashmir, the amendment to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act paved the way for declaring Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, LeT’s supreme commander of operations in Kashmir Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, all based in Pakistan, as terrorists.
The minister said the crucial decisions taken in the 100 days of Modi 2.0 were related to public welfare, public participation, against terrorism and other issues.
Javadekar also released a booklet on completion of the 100 Days of the government titled “Hundred Days of Bold Initiatives & Decisive Actions”.
“The decisions taken within 100 days of Modi 2.0 government was never ever taken by any governments… The 100 days were full of decisions.”
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the achievements of the Modi government saying that it has been working tirelessly from the very first day after taking the oath.
“I consider that the work done in 100 days is incomparable and the public is aware of whatever development that has taken place,” Singh said.
The Congress, however, took a dig at the economic performance of the Modi government after the completion of 100 days in office.
Rahul in a sarcastic way first congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for completing 100 days and then launched a scathing attack on Modi for the economic slowdown the country is facing today.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi also attacked Modi government and said that the government is still silent on the issue of economic slowdown and is hiding the truth from people through drama, deceit and lie.