Itanagar: Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday assures the people of Arunachal Pradesh that the Centre will not ‘touch’ Article 371, which grants some temporary, transition and special provision to particular states in the Northeast.
The minister made the statement in a public meeting while attending the 34th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh at Indira Gandhi Park in state capital Itanagar.
“After abrogation of Article 370, a lot of rumours were spread that Article 371, too would be abrogated. Today, on the Statehood day of Arunachal Pradesh, I want to tell the people of Northeast that Article 371 would not be touched,” he said.
Shah had given the same assurance during his visit to Guwahati in September last year where he took part in a meeting of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the BJP-led anti-Congress front in the region.
The event in Arunachal was attended by governor BD Mishra, Union minister for Development of Northeast Region (DONER) Jitendra Singh, Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju, chief minister Pema Khandu, deputy CM Chowna Mein and convener of NEDA Himanta Biswa Sarma.