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Modi govt has no intention to remove Article 371, Amit Shah assures Northeastern states

New Delhi, August 6: Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday assured the states designated special powers under the Article 371 of the Constitution that the Modi government had no intention to remove the provision.

By comparing article 370 and 371, you are misleading the country. While article 370 was a temporary arrangement, the article 371 which deals with several states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram talks about only special provisions,’he said.

Most of the states that have been accorded special provisions under Article 371 are in the northeast and the special status aims to preserve their tribal culture.

Replying to the debate on Article 370 in Lok Sabha, Amit Shah said that he would like to assure northeastern states that the Narendra Modi government had no intention to remove Article 371.

His statement came in reaction to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s argument in the House on the matter. During his reply in the Lok Sabha earlier in the day, Shashi Tharoor had said that if the government can use the president’s rule and a majority in parliament to supersede a Constitutional provision, then what is there to assure residents of northeastern states that the government will not use same tactics to remove Article 371.