LJP boss Chirag Paswan backs restoration of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir
Member Parliament and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) national president, Chirag Paswan on Sunday said his party backed the restoration of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir with a caveat about the “expectations of the Centre” after downgrading the former state into a union territory.
“Till now we have seen that there would be attempts to convert UTs into state assemblies but the way here assembly has been removed to make a UT we would like to see that it is restored as soon as possible and elections are held soon. This will be in our priorities but yes keeping in mind the situation and the expectations of the Centre after making it a UT,” Paswan told the media on the sidelines of an award function in Srinagar.
Paswan, who has been lying low after his party was decimated in the Bihar assembly election last year, also said that he felt a chasm between people of Kashmir and Delhi which needs to be filled.
“Along with the development, there is a need for hand holding. The people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly of the Valley, need to be reassured. I feel a sort of chasm between people of Kashmir and those of Delhi. That needs to be filled,” he said.