Delivering the keynote address on removal of Article – 370 in J&K in Mumbai, Maharashtra on 22 September, 2019 Union Home Minister and BJP National President Shri Amit Shah said three generations of Bharatiya Janata Party have given their lives for Kashmir.
Addressing the huge gathering Shri Amit Shah launched a blistering attack on the Congress and said India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s untimely ceasefire led to the creation of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
“PoK wouldn’t have come into existence had Nehru not declared untimely ceasefire with Pakistan. Sardar Patel should have handled Kashmir, instead of Nehru,” he said.
Shri Shah hailed Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his bravery and grit in removing Articles 370 and 35A from Jammu and Kashmir. “I congratulate Prime Minster Shri Modi’s bravery and grit. He removed Article 370 and 35A in the very first session of the Parliament as soon as we formed the government for the second time with 305 seats,” Shri Shah said.
He then put the Congress and the Nationalist Congress party (NCP) in his line of fire for their stand on Kashmir. “Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar should tell people if they support or oppose removal of Article 370,” Shri Shah asked.
The Home Minister said the Congress sees politics behind Article 370 abrogation and targeted former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, insisting that for the BJP scrapping of the controversial Article was fuelled by a desire to keep the country united. “Rahul Gandhi says Article 370 is a political issue. Rahul Baba, you have come into politics now, but three generations of BJP have given their life for Kashmir, for abrogation of Article 370. It’s not a political matter for us; it is part of our goal to keep Bharat maa undivided.”
Without naming the Abdullahs and Mehbooba Mufti, he also hit out at them saying, “Three dynasties which ruled Kashmir didn’t allow anti-corruption bureau to be set up there. Those who indulged in corruption in Kashmir are now feeling the heat despite the cold there.”
Shri Shah said there is no unrest in Kashmir. “Not a single bullet has fired in Kashmir after Article 370 abrogation. In the coming days, terrorism will be finished.”
The BJP National President began his speech by endorsing Shri Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister once again after Maharashtra votes in the Assembly polls on October 21.
“The Fadnavis government worked alongside Shri Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The Modi government got a second term and I am sure voters have made up their minds to give Shri Fadnavis another term,” Shri Shah said.