Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the people want freedom from “political families” who have been “milking” the Kashmir issue and the situation in Valley is such that people want change, whether it is about Article 370 or Article 35A.
In an interview to CNN-News18, the Prime Minister also said that the provisions of the Articles 370 and 35A, which provide special rights and privileges to its permanent citizens and also gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, were an obstacle in the way of outside investment and job creation in the state.
“The problem in Kashmir is largely due to 50-odd political families there. They have been milking the issue. They don’t want any benefit to be given to ordinary Kashmiris,” he said.