Removing Article 370, 35A key steps in fulfilling Sardar Patel’s dreams: PM Modi in I-Day speech

PM Modi Independence Day speech: The removal of Articles 370 and 35a of the Constitution within 10 weeks of the new government is an important step towards realising dreams of Sardar Patel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluting the National Flag during the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in Delhi. (Photo: Twitter/BJP)

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  • Removal of Articles 370 a step towards realising dreams of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: PM
  • Previous govts efforts did not bear results as new approach was needed: PM Modi on Kashmir
  • PM Modi also asserted that his government neither nurses problems nor keeps them pending

The removal of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution within 10 weeks of the new government has come as step towards realising the dreams of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
PM Modi said this while addressing the nation from the rampart of Red Fort in Delhi on the occasion of Independence Day.

He said, “The new government has not even completed 10 weeks in office but even in this small period we have taken and strengthened initiatives in all directions.”

“10 hafte ke andar anuched 370 aur 35a ka hanta Sardar Patel ke sapnon ko sakar karne main ek aham kadam tha (The removal of Articles 370 and 35a of the Constitution within 10 weeks of the new government is an important step towards realising the dreams of Sardar Patel),” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

“What was the reason that this problem persisted for so many years?” PM Modi asked in his I-Day speech.

He said, “Jo kaam pichle 70 saal main nahi hua, wo kaam nayi sarkar ne 70 dinon main kar diya (The work that wasn’t done in 70 years has been done by the new government within 70 days of coming to power).”

“Today the country says, one nation, one Constitution. We are committed to realise Patel’s dream of ‘ek Bharat, shresta Bharat (One India, great India),”PM Modi said in Independence Day speech.

“The old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption, nepotism but there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities. The dreams of sanitation workers were incomplete. How can we accept such a situation,”PM Modi said.

“Those who supported Article 370, India is asking them: If this was so important and life changing, why was this Article not made permanent. After all, those people had large mandates and could have removed the temporary status of Article 370,”Prime Minister Modi said.

This is the first Independence Day speech of PM Narendra Modi in his second term as prime minister. Overall, this is the sixth time that PM Modi has addressed the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in Delhi on the occasion of Independence Day.

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