Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking today at his first rally in Bihar for the elections starting next week, spoke of criticism of his government’s decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under section 370 and targeted the opposition.
“Everyone was waiting for the repeal of Article 370, but these people say they will overturn the decision once they are elected to power,” Prime Minister Modi told Sasaram at a rally joint with the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar.
“The NDA government repealed Section 370. These people say they will bring it back if they come to power. After making such statements, do they dare to ask for votes in Bihar? Isn’t that an insult from Bihar? The state that sends its sons and daughters to the borders to protect the country? “
Nitish Kumar, significantly, was initially opposed to the Section 370 decision and his MPs Janata Dal United even opposed the central government’s decision in both houses of parliament last year. Nitish Kumar’s decision as an ally of the BJP had surprised many, even though it was linked to his stated ideological stance on Section 370.
Within days, however, Nitish Kumar and his party came together and accepted the center’s decision. JDU leaders said he opposed the move because it had not been consulted, but since it had become law, the party would support it. “The special status of Kashmir is now over and Article 370 is behind us,” JDU chief RCP Singh said in August last year.
In the campaign for Bihar, Article 370 has appeared more than once.
Earlier this week, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath – one of the BJP activists in Bihar – said the repeal of Section 370 had given residents of other states the opportunity to own property in Jammu and Kashmir. He said this at rallies in Jamui, Tarari and Paliganj.
“Previously, a person from this part of Bihar could not even think of owning property in Kashmir. Congress had such a system in place. But Narendra Modi and Amit Shah changed all that. Section 370 has been dropped. and people can now buy and own property in any part of Kashmir, ”he said.