Amit Shah takes on Congress over Article 370, Rafale shastra pooja

 thehindu.com  10/09/2019 15:56:35  2

Union Home Minister Amit Shah attacked the Congress on Wednesday over its stand on the Centres move rendering Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir inoperative and asked its leader Rahul Gandhi to clarify the partys stance on the issue.

Mr. Shah, who was addressing an election rally in Haryanas Kaithal ahead of the Assembly polls, said by reading down provisions of Article 370, the BJP-led government had accomplished what successive governments had failed to do in 70 years.

Rahul Gandhi had opposed the decision on Article 370. He should clear his stance on the issue. Do you support Article 370 or are you against it? said Amit Shah. He said the Centres move was about nations security and it had nothing to do with politics.

Mr. Shah said that Congress had come to a position where it did not know how to react to situations. They only have one agenda and that is to oppose whatever the BJP does. Congress has opposed the surgical strikes, air strike and rendering Article 370 inoperative. Our Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performed Shastra Pujan for Rafale [fighter jet] in France, but the Congress party didnt like this as well. Congress needs to think before opposing... they should deliberate on what must be opposed and what must not be.

Mr. Shah said BJP had always kept the interest of the country before everything else. In 1971, when the Indian Army emerged victorious and Bangladesh was created, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was among the first to congratulate the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Seeking votes for the BJP, Mr. Shah said that party led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana had delivered more than what it promised in the past five years. The government has brought transparency in recruitments and has put an end to corruption. The BJP has worked for the welfare of all, be it the youth, employees, farmers, labourers, businessmen or women, he said.

Hitting out at the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal, Mr. Shah accused both parties of favouring politics of dynasty and promoting corruption in Haryana.

Mr. Shah said people of Haryana had long tolerated the regimes of the Congress and Om Prakash Chautala-led INLD, during which corruption and hooliganism had risen phenomenally.

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