The Lok Sabha on Saturday passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2021, adding to which the Union home minister Amit Shah assured that J&K will be granted statehood again but at "the appropriate time".
Shah said the Opposition should not politicise J&K and Ladakh. "If you want a political fight, come in the ring and let's compete. Nobody is scared. It J&K and Ladakh) is a sensitive part of our country. They have been hurt and have doubts. This House's responsibility is to comfort them, not scrape their wounds."
Citing results of the DDC polls held in J&K, Shah said that the political parties who contested the election assuring bringing back Article 370, have been wiped off by the people.
"I have said in this House and I say it again that this Bill has got nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir. Statehood would be given to Jammu and Kashmir at an appropriate time," the home minister said on Saturday, adding that the Bill nowhere says J&K will not get statehood.