Congress, Rahul 'playing politics' on J&K, says Amit Shah

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday attacked the Congress and its former President Rahul Gandhi in the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, accusing them of playing politics on a question involving "national security".

Terming the move to revoke the Constitution's Article 370 as a "historic decision" on Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said while the BJP had struggled for "one nation, one Prime Minister and one Constitution", the Congress was indulging in politicising an issue involving the nation's security.

"The Congress views it as political issue, but we consider this as nationalism," he asserted.

Shah also charged the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for agreeing to an "untimely ceasefire" in 1947 which paved the way for the creation of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"I congratulate PM Narendra Modi for showing courage and grit in scrapping Article 370 & 35A in the very first session of Parliament after we formed the government for the second time.

"I want to inform Rahul Gandhi that our three generations have struggled to strike down Article 370. So, it is not some political issue like you may believe. Keeping it alive was a political issue for the Congress, but for the BJP it was a matter of the country's unity and integrity, a dream made true by PM Modi," Shah said at a meeting of party activists to explain to them the importance of revoking Article 370, which would be a major BJP poll plank for the October 21 Maharashtra assembly elections.

In fact, Maharashtra and Haryana are the first two states going elections after the Article 370 was revoked and the BJP hopes to test the public sentiments on it during the campaign.

Last week, Modi, addressing a rally in Nashik, had urged the people of Maharashtra to "help make Kashmir a paradise again" and embrace all Kashmiris who now want only 'vikas' (development).

Shah took a jibe at Gandhi, saying that politics cannot be played on serious matters of national interest.

He advised Gandhi to study Indian history to realise how taking correct decisions are taken on such grave issues.

Kickstarting the BJP's polls campaign, Shah expressed optimism that the BJP-led alliance would return to power with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the helm again.


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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    AMIT Shah broke the law on J&K Art 370 as HOME MINISTER who is supposed uphold the law..

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Modi could weep in front international media about the difficulties faced by his mother to raise her children - can't Rahul Gandhi raise the unconstitutional method of abrogation of Art. 370 ? Who didn't face difficulties in coming up in life ? Was Obama born with silver spoon in his mouth ? Did he ever make a mention of the difficulties he faced till becoming the US President ?

    Did you both consult the Parliament about the action ? Why ? Is India or Kashmir your family inheritance ??? Don't accuse him - just answer the questions he is asking. Simple enough.

    Nehru may have made many mistakes one being in the battle of freedom. Have you both experience of fighting for your nation for freedom from the invaders ?? You two are enjoying for free, the freedom earned by Nehru - utter beggars !!

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  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Shah needs a lesson to understand the fundamentals of a constitutional republic. Congress is playing the role of the opposition which is necessary for a sound republic.

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  • Mohammed, Mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Amit shah felt he have no opponent so bringing back Rahul Gandhi to limelight will help him win next assembly election in Maharashtra

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  • Tea Boy, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    What politics Rahul Gandhi can play when he and his leaders are not even allowed to go to Kashmir. So, now who is playing politics behind the scene????..... Withdraw all security forces in and around Kashmir except at the border then see what Kashmiris and free press will say about your politics????...... As usual your monologue politics is on full swing without the report from free press.

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Congres was in power at the central government for almost 70 years and Congress party did not resolve Kashmir issue. With absolute clear mandate from Indian elections and BJP government is trying to settle Kashmir issue. Therefore, BJP can ignore Congress party opinions and find a permanent solution for long pending problem...

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Almost 70 years ? Are you by-chance combining with 70 the years that Congress sat in the opposition too ? And donating ABV's full term, JD and other govt terms too ?
    Look, people, nobody knows what is happening in J&K. No news are coming out and we don't know about the suffering of those people. Believing just what these two men trumpeting is not wise. J&K is experiencing Emergency - no freedom from Art. 370.

    Had the duo done the abrogation with construction of Parliament, the whole nation would have been with them, what they have done is total dictatorship just like how DeMo was done. Even the results will be like DeMo - not any different.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Politics is not all about eating Dhokla's & playing Dandiya ...

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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    these people do not India to prosper, they only are interested for their prosperity...

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