“Bold”, “historic” and “monumental” — this is how BJP leaders described today the government’s decision to revoke Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Asserting that separate status led to separatism, firmer finance minister Arun Jaitley in a blog said that no dynamic nation can allow this situation to continue. “A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go,” he said.
“The decision of the government will help the people of Jammu and Kashmir the most. More investment, more industry, more private educational institutions, more jobs and more revenue will come,” he said.
Kashmir’s regional leaders now feel that they will not be able to whip up the fake issue of ‘sentiment verses benefit to the people’, Jaitley said. “A bold and historic decision. We salute our Great India – one India,” former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
BJP leader Ram Madhav hailed the government’s decision on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and said the martyrdom of its ideologue Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee for complete integration of the state into India has been “honoured”.
The national general secretary and the party’s point person in the state said that the complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir was a longstanding demand of the nation.
“What a glorious day. Finally the martyrdom of thousands starting with Dr Shyam Prasad Mukherjee for complete integration of J&K into Indian Union is being honoured and the seven decade old demand of the entire nation being realised in front of our eyes; in our lifetime. Ever imagined?” he tweeted moments after Shah made the announcement in Parliament.
Amidst acrimonious scenes in Parliament, the government also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh. “PM @narendramodi ji ne kamaal kar diya. Desh ki ummeedon pe khare utre. Many congrats to @narendramodi ji and @AmitShah ji on this historic decision regarding #Article370. This has opened up the path of growth and development for #JammuAndKashmir,” tweeted party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.