SRINAGAR: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that a country cannot have two Prime Ministers, two constitutions, and two flags.
Amit Shah made these statements following Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy’s assertion that Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s “Ek Pradhan, Ek Vidhan, Ek Nishan” was a political slogan and not for the people of Jammu and Kashmir,
“How can a country have two PMs, two constitutions and two flags? Those who did this, they did wrong. PM Modi corrected it. We have been saying since 1950 that there should be ‘Ek Pradhan, Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan’ (One Prime Minister, one flag and one Constitution) in the country, and we did it,” Amit Shah said.
Earlier, Amit Shah introduced The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 & The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in Lok Sabha for discussion and passing.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act provides for the reservation in appointment in state government posts, and admission to professional institutions, for certain reserved categories.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019 provides for the reorganization of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir (with legislature) and Ladakh (without legislature).
The Second Schedule of the Representation of the People Act of 1950 provides for the number of seats in legislative assemblies. The 2019 Act amended the Second Schedule of the 1950 Act to specify the total number of seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to be 83.
It reserved six seats for Scheduled Castes. No seats were reserved for Scheduled Tribes. The Bill increases the total number of seats to 90. It also reserves seven seats for Scheduled Castes and nine seats for Scheduled Tribes.
The Bill adds that the Lieutenant Governor may nominate up to two members from the Kashmiri migrant community to the Legislative Assembly. One of the nominated members must be a woman.