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JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday termed ‘bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir’ as completely baseless rumour, saying many people who don’t have anything meaningful to do are taking support of rumors and emotions to mislead public for their own vested interests.“These are baseless and mischievous conspiracy theories circulated by a small section of anti-national elements. Such rumours are also being fanned by certain elements based outside India”, Sinha told national television channel Times Now, asserting, “I refute them with all the responsibility”.The LG said the people of Jammu & Kashmir are really not concerned about it and they don’t have anything to do with all these rumours.To a question, Sinha said that the movement of paramilitary forces doesn’t indicate anything. These personnel were deputed outside J&K for elections. They were in quarantine and now moving to their respective postings. Moreover, there is normal practice of troop movement in anticipation of Amarnath Yatra, he added.“We had started registration of Amarnath Yatra and we stopped it because of COVID. Final decision on the Yatra will be taken after proper analysis of the situation. It’s important to save lives of people”, he maintained.To a question on discrimination between Jammu and Kashmir regions, the Lieutenant Governor said that there is not a single decision in last 11 months that we have taken which indicates discrimination between Jammu and Kashmir. Both are our two eyes and equally vital for us.“That time of discrimination is long gone”, he added.On holding of elections to Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Sinha said that as far as the polls were concerned, the Prime Minister has assured the people from the ramparts of Red Fort. Similarly, Home Minister is on record having said in Parliament that once delimitation is done, elections will be held. He said that Deputy Commissioners of all the 20 districts in the Union Territory have been asked 18 questions regarding delimitation.“It means work is going on it”, he said, adding that if National Conference is taking part in delimitation, it means they are performing their constitutional duty. Those who are in Parliament must take part in the process initiated through an act of parliament, he suggested.To another question on adding National Cadet Corps (NCC) in the curriculum, Sinha said “Enough water has flown down the Jehlum. All the government offices now hoist Tricolour. People who were opposed to NCC are now silenced. Tricolour is flying high in the valley.“Recently, I met an NCC cadet from Anantnag who was bravely carrying Bharat Mata Flag. The youth of Kashmir want change and a new era has started and the youth are embracing it fully”, he said.Dwelling on the prevailing security situation, the Lieutenant Governor said that a number of tourists are flocking to J&K. Even tourists know there is no security issue. The Valley hotels saw advance bookings till April this year before Covid second wave hit, he said, adding that the terror related incidents have come down and the security forces have upper hand on terrorists in the Valley.“There are some standalone terror incidents, deliberately done to vitiate the atmosphere of peace and development”, Sinha said adding that serious note has been taken of these incidents and perpetrators shall be brought to book. There are a handful people trying to disrupt peace and it will be ensured they are taken to task, he asserted.
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