Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Friday that the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was a “big milestone for the unity and integrity of the country and would ensure the development of the state”.
Addressing his first rally after the Centre’s Kashmir move, Shah said the revocation of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution would help develop Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He said the Modi government scrapped the special status in 75 days, which the previous Congress-led governments could not do in 72 years because of their “vote-bank greed”.
“Abrogation of articles 370 and 35A is a big milestone for the unity and integrity of India. We had been saying that Kashmir is an integral part of India. But Article 370 was giving some sort of message that something is still incomplete,” he said.
Elections to the Haryana Assembly are due in two months. Shah expressed confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win more than 75 seats in the upcoming polls. “Last time I came, you gave me 47 seats. I have come again and I am sure we will cross the 75 (seats) mark,” he said the rally, adding that “mission 75” would be achieved at any cost.
He also lauded Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for the developmental works done by his government, especially in the areas of an improved sex ratio and making Haryana a kerosene-free state. Taking on the Opposition parties in the state, Shah, who is also the BJP’s national president, said the Khattar government had put an end to corruption, casteism and regionalism. He said the state got Rs 58,000 crore from the Centre in the last five years, while the previous government could only provide Rs 22,000 crore.