President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir was on Monday, 1 July, extended by another six months, with the Parliament giving its nod amidst the government's assertion that it would hold the Assembly polls in the state by this year end as and when the Election Commission (EC) takes a decision in this regard.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that separatist movement and terrorism will not be tolerated in Jammu and Kashmir. He added that central agencies such as NIA and tax department are working to choke separatist financing in the state. "Terrorists...have no place in the government's scheme of things. They will face severe action and difficulties," Shah said.
"Today is an important day for Parliament as two bills related to the state of J&K have been unanimously passed in both the Houses. Modi govt has left no stone unturned for peace, prosperity, and development of J&K. This further strengthens our resolve to ensure J&K’s progress," tweeted Amit Shah.
J&K is under Central rule since June 2018, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the coalition government with Mehbooba Mufti's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
"Unlike you, we don't decide poll timings. If we do that, you will say that we are controlling even the EC," the Home Minister said, adding: "There is no drought of state governments for us. We have 16 state governments across the country. Only the security concern was the reason. It was the security forces and the state administration's suggestion not to hold polls now.
This comes after Congress opposed the extension of President rule in Jammu & Kashmir. "Do not make excuses like Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra to not hold Assembly polls," said Congress Himachal Pradesh MP Viplove Thakur. On the other side, the Samajwadi Party announced its support for the resolution. Trinamool Congress (TMC) too supported this resolution by saying it will support the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill and extension of President rule in the state in the Rajya Sabha.