PM Modi criticised the Congress for bringing in the angle of religion in its criticism of the government for abrogating Articles 370 and 35A
Bengaluru: August 5, 2019 will go down in the annals of Indian history and democracy as the day in which Jammu and Kashmir was integrated wholly with India.
Till then, it was a state with a constitution of its own, with many disparities and discriminations.
And the moment both houses of the Indian Parliament ratified the resolution to abrogate it, the wrong was righted. Also the state was split into two union territories.
It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who took this brave decision of invalidating the Articles 370 and 35A. In the long history of 70 years of Indian independence, the Congress ruled India for 60 years, yet did not have the courage nor the will to rescind them.
But once the abrogation was realised democratically, the Congress did not relent in its sparing attack on the ruling BJP.
As always, it brought in the aspect of religion to this issue of abrogation as well.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who is presently lodged at Tihar jail as he is an accused in INX media case, had said, “If J&K was a Hindu dominated state, BJP would not have done this.
They did it only because the region is dominated by Muslims."
It was not just Chidambaram. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blurted out on the floor of the house thus: "You say that it is an internal matter, but it is being monitored since 1948 by the UN, is that an internal matter? We signed the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration, was that an internal matter or bilateral?"
With the assembly elections in Maharashtra, PM Modi who is campaigning enthusiastically, did not miss out on an opportunity to hit out at the Congress.
“When it comes to national integrity, you think of Hindu and Muslim. Does this suit you? History will take note of every person who ridiculed the abrogation of Article 370.”
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Last Updated Oct 17, 2019, 4:19 PM IST