Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday allayed the fear of some states of the Northeast from the soil of Arunachal Pradesh saying that the Centre had no intention to scrap Article 371 even as China reacted strongly on the visit and asked the Government of India to refrain from complicating the border issue.
Addressing people at a public rally organised to celebrate the 34th Statehood Day of Arunachal, Shah said..Under Article 371, some states of the Northeast, such as Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh etc, enjoy certain provisions aims at preserving the culture and customary laws.
Even as Shah was addressing the crowd at Itanagar, staging a protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Mithun Gate.
“Before 2014, the Northeast was only geographically connected with the rest of India. The region’s importance was largely due to political reasons. However, it started getting emotionally integrated from the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed charge,” Shah asserted.
“We want the entire Northeast to be free from the inter-state boundary and inter-tribal conflicts, insurgency, drug menace and other problems. When we come to seek votes in 2024, I tell you the whole of the region will be free” Shah told the crowd.