The BJP President Amit Shah said on Sunday that Article 370 that gives special powers to Kashmir will be eliminated if PM Narendra Modi is voted back to power.
Amit Shah addressed his first rally at Chogan Maidan in Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. Shah said that the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that there should be another prime minister for the state whereas Congress in its manifesto declared it will review AFSPA in Kashmir and amend provisions of sedition law. All this indicated their mindset but if the BJP comes to power again and Modi becomes prime minister, Article 370 will be removed for sure.
The BJP chief was campaigning in support of Kangra BJP candidate Kishan Kapoor. Targeting the Congress on the issue of national security, he said that the Manmohan Singh led previous Congress government did nothing when Pakistan beheaded five India soldiers but under Modi, rule airstrikes were carried out in Balakot. Shah pointed out that Congress leader Sam Pitroda said instead of airstrikes, “we should talk to militants”.
Attckinging Congress’s Sam Pitroda, the BJP chief said, “If you ask a question regarding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Congress says ‘hua to hua’. If you ask a question regarding the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and migration of Kashmiri Pandits, Congress says ‘hua to hua.’
Amit Shah said that first time, the opposition has not made corruption an issue as it has been “wiped out” during the Modi government. He mentioned various development works done in HP under the Modi government. Shah said, “Process is on to set up an international airport at Mandi. It will be done after the Modi government comes to power again at the Centre.”
Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur and veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar were present in the rally. Congress has fielded sitting MLA Pawan Kajal against HP minister Kishan Kapoor from Kangra.