Union minister Jitendra Singh
Union minister Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of state in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh said that the political leaders that are detained in Jammu and Kashmir will be released in less than 18 months. This is the first statement on release of the detained leaders from a senior functionary in the Union government.

According to Indian Express report, the ‘less than 18 months’ is an apparent reference to Emergency, when leaders of all Opposition parties were jailed. Singh said while speaking at an event in Katra on Sunday that the statehood will be restored in 72 years which is a reference to continuation of Article 370. He further added that as the situation normalises the statehood will be restored of Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh appreciating the act of abrogation of Article 370 and said that the politician in Jammu and Kashmir kept their people in dark to ensure continuance of their dynastic rule. He said that the struggle launched by Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee for one flag, one Constitution and one Prime Minister finally came true.

“Now, with the abrogation of special status, a new era of development will begin in the state and people of all sections of society will benefit, he added,” Singh added.

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