New Delhi, August 12: After the historic move of revoking Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah might travel to Srinagar to unfurl the Tricolour on August 15, Independence Day. According to reports, high-security measures are being taken for Shah's visit. However, the state police have not confirmed yet. Article 370 Removal Will Result in End of Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Says Home Minister Amit Shah.
This would be the first visit of Home Minister after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, who is currently monitoring the situation, might also visit Lal Chowk on Independence Day, IANS sources said. Jammu Kashmir Special Status Scrapped, Amit Shah Promises Speedy Development in Next 5 Years; Here's All You Need to Know.
In New Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sources said Shah's visit to Kashmir is expected, but dates cannot be shared with media. "It's a security concern. Amid escalating tension between the two countries (India-Pakistan), the Home Minister's visit cannot be revealed in advance," an officer told IANS.
The Home Minister usually travels by a BSF aircraft and his itinerary is shared with coordinating government agencies at the last moment, including CISF which guards airports in the country. Shah has a very high threat perception, according to the latest intelligence inputs.
For Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, unfurling the Tiranga at Srinagar's Lal Chowk will be memorable move. In 1992, veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, accompanied by Modi, unfurled the Tricolour at Lal Chowk despite terror threats. Lal Chowk came into significance after first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the national flag in 1948.
(With IANS Inputs)