Tuesday, October 26, 2021

US lauds Modi govt. for constructive steps in Jammu and Kashmir

The United States has welcomed New Delhi for it moves towards full political and economic normalcy to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

While speaking to media in the daily news conference, State Department Spokesperson of US Ned Price welcomed the resumption of 4G internet services in the Union Territory calling it an important step for local residents.

On August 5, 2019, the 4G mobile internet services in Jammu and Kashmir were suspended after the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. However, the 2G service on mobile phones was restored on January 25 this year and after 18 months the 4G services have been restored. 

National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah had welcomed the move to restore high-speed 4G mobile internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was better late than never. 

Further, District Development Council polls in Jammu and Kashmir were held in December, last year, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration emerging as the single-largest coalition. BJP too made inroads in the Union Territory by becoming the single-largest party. 

While it was expected to perform well in the Jammu region, three of its candidates – Aijaz Hussain, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, and Mina Lateef won in the Kashmir valley. 

While BJP won 74 seats, the Gupkar alliance won 112 seats. The Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) put up a dismal performance by bagging 12 seats. 


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