Patton appeals to people not to panic over scrapping of Art. 370

Correspondent/Spl. Correspondent KOHIMA/NEW DELHI, AUG 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/5/2019 11:33:21 AM IST

As the Government of India scrapped Article 370 on Monday, the constitutional provision that guaranteed Jammu & Kashmir special status, Nagaland deputy chief minister Y Patton, who is also in charge of home and roads & bridges department, appealed to the citizens of the State not to panick and assured that all measures would be taken to ensure that Nagas remain protected.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, Patton said all efforts would be made to ensure that Article 371 (A) was not disturbed.

He said, along with State BJP president Temjen Imna Along and other BJP legislators, he would leave for New Delhi after the ongoing Parliament session gets over to meet Union home minister Amit Shah to discuss issues relating to the State, adding that this too would be discussed.

When contacted, PDA chairman Chingwang Konyak remarked that as he was the chairman of the ruling coalition, he would have to discuss with other members before making any comment on the issue at the moment.  

Along did not answer phone calls and hence his views on the issue could not be elicited.

Centre directs all states to be on alert 

The Centre on Monday issued alert advisories to all the states and union territories following the Union Cabinet’s decision concerning Jammu & Kashmir.

Ministry of Home Affairs has written to the chief secretaries and DGPs of all states to ensure that the occasion is not allowed to be misused by inimical and anti-social elements to cause breach of security, peace and public harmony in any part of the country.

MHA has therefore asked the states that immediate instructions are issued to security forces and law enforcement agencies to be on high alert against attempts to fan communal clashes. 

It also asked the states to ensure that the law enforcement agencies maintain vigil against circulation of false, unverified news, rumours and unscrupulous messages on social media, aimed at disturbing peace and public tranquillity and inciting violence and communal discord, particularly communally sensitive and fragile areas.


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