Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that it was the Indian Parliament that can restore the statehood of the disputed region.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Kolkata, the LG said that it was the Parliament that snatched the statehood of J&K and it’s the same institution that can restore it.
“This is beyond doubt and people across India must have faith in the system. Prime Minister of India and the Home Minister have assured restoration of the statehood to J&K, let’s be patient,” the LG said.
He was speaking at a function of the Department of Industries and Commerce J&K and the CII at Kolkata.
The function was organized to discuss the Industrial ecosystem and investment opportunities in J&K.
About the elections, he said that once the delimitation will end, polls will be held. “Once elections will be held, statehood will be restored,” he said.
There has been a demand by the political parties of J&K that statehood should be restored to J&K before the delimitation process ends.
However, New Delhi has made its mind clear giving enough hints that it was mulling to hold polls first and then restore statehood to J&K.
It was on August 5, 2019, the Government of India sliced the erstwhile state of J&K into two UTs—Ladakh and J&K while it also stripped off the semi-autonomous position of the erstwhile state by rolling back Article 370 and Article 35 A.