New Delhi, November 27: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, while responding to a Lok Sabha MP's query on normalcy in Jammu & Kashmir, said the incidents of terrorist violence have almost ended after the abrogation of Article 370. The region is inching towards normalcy, Singh claimed, adding that the security apparatus is working in close coordination to prevent vested interests from vitiating law and order.
"Security forces and police are working in coordination and taking appropriate action. Terrorist incidents are close to nil in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370. Normalcy is fast returning to J&K," the Defence Minister in the Parliament's Lower House. Rajnath Singh Says 'No Power Can Stop Ram Temple Construction in Ayodhya'.
Singh's response came in reply to Congress lawmaker S Kodikunnil questioning the Centre over its claim of normalcy in the Valley. The MP from Kerala alleged that militant violence continues unabated in the state despite the government repealing Article 370.
"There are terrorist attacks in many parts of Jammu & Kashmir. Where is normalcy is J&K? Government is misleading the House. Government should make a statement," Kodikunnil said.
Update by ANI
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh answering to Congress MP S Kodikunnil on J&K: Security forces and police are working in coordination and taking appropriate action. Terrorist incidents are close to nil in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370. Normalcy is fast returning to J&K pic.twitter.com/U6eaShxXPu
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Article 370, which guaranteed special status to Jammu & Kashmir, was revoked through a shock executive order issued on August 5. Since then, the Valley has been pushed into a communication blockade, with all major political leaders - including formers chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti - being detained.