Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lashed out at the opposition for politicising the Article 370 issue. Addressing an election rally in Akola in Maharashtra, the Prime Minister launched a scathing attack against the Congress and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who had accused the ruling BJP of diverting attention from its failures in Maharashtra by only talking about Article 370.
The Prime Minister said that “a shameless opposition is asking about the connection between Article 370 and Maharashtra. We are proud of the children of Maharashtra who sacrificed everything for Jammu and Kashmir. But today, for their political gains, the opposition is asking what has Maharashtra got to do with Jammu and Kashmir? Doob maro! Doob maro!, ” the Prime Minister said at the rally.
“I am shocked that in the land of Shivaji, today such voices are being raised for political gains. Look at their shamelessness, that they are openly saying that Maharashtra has nothing to do with Jammu and Kashmir,” the Prime Minister said.
Actually a day before NCP Chief Sharad Pawar had said at a rally in Pune that “since the BJP does not have anything concrete to show, they are harping on abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. When it was revoked, some people in Kashmir protested. The Congress supported the proposal and asked that people there be taken into confidence. We are also happy. There were no complaints. I publicly announced my support but PM Modi and Amit Shah question my opinion.
He added: “Question them about farmer suicides, unemployment, closure of industries, and the BJP replies Article 370.”
Maharashtra and Haryana will go to polls on October 21, and the results will be declared on October 24.