President Kovind in Independence Day address says changes brought in J&K will benefit people

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Updated:Aug 14, 2019 7:31:55 pm

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President Kovind Independence Day Speech, Ram Nath Kovind Speech 2019President Ram Nath Kovind’s address is being broadcast live on Doordarshan and All India Radio.

President Ram Nath Kovind spoke about the abrogation of Article 370 in his address to the nation on the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day. Kovind said that the recent changes made to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to the people of the region. “They will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country,” Kovind said.

The Narendra Modi-led government had on August 5 abrogated Article 370, the temporary provision that provided a special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The government also announced that Jammu and Kashmir would be split into 2 Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The President’s address came in the backdrop of India celebrating it’s 73th Independence Day on Thursday. On 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, unfurled the Indian national flag on the Red Fort in Delhi. Keeping this tradition alive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will raise the tricolour at the Red Fort on Thursday which will be followed by an address. This will be his sixth straight address from the ramparts of Red Fort.

Heavy security has been deployed in New Delhi ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. The Delhi traffic police has also put out a traffic advisory to ensure minimal inconvenience to residents due to the Independence Day function at the Red Fort.

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