Union Home Minister Amit Shah blamed former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the prolonged problems in Kashmir. “The decision to take the Kashmir to the United Nehru was individually taken by Jawaharlal Nehru. This mistake is bigger than the Himalayas,” Amit Shah said while addressing a gathering in New Delhi.
“Sarder Patel united 630 provinces. Nehru had just one job (to united J&K with India). But that job got done only in August 2019 (when Modi govt took the decision on Article 370),” Amit Shah said.
Amit Shah target the opposite party congress for taking a unilateral decision on Jammu and Kashmir when the matter was being monitored by the United Nations. “The UN has nothing to do with J&K after the Simla Agreement signed between Indira Gandhi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto”, he said.
However, Amit Shah praised Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for bringing together over hundreds of princely states into one and making a united India.” It was a big challenge then to consolidate 630 different states into one block and create a united India. Today I want to pay respects to the country’s first Home Minister Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and say that if he was not there, this work would never have happened,” Shah said.
While referring to the abolition of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Shah said that special status to the Valley did no good to the citizens instead it was the biggest hurdle in the development of the Himalayan region. He also said that Jammu and Kashmir will be the most developed state in the next five to seven years.