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Article 370 ruled 70 years, Cong's poll-itics to blame: Amit Shah

Aug 17, 2019

BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that by abrogating Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did what successive Congress governments couldn't do in 70 years due to vote bank politics.

Speaking at Astha rally in Haryana's Jind, Shah said, "What other governments could not do in five years, Modi government has done in just 70 days. The biggest task was to fulfil Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's dream of 'Akhand Bharat' and Article 370 was a hurdle in that."

"The work that Congress governments couldn't do in 70 years due to the greed of vote bank, PM Modi did in 75 days. Removing Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

This was the first political rally by any top BJP leader after the government decided to scarp Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

Seeking votes in the name of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's "good work," Shah said, "When I came here during last assembly elections, the BJP formed a government by winning 47 seats. Now I have come again and call upon you to give Khattar government another term by 75 seats."

The Haryana Assembly has 90 seats which will go to polls later this year.

Khattar, hailing Shah for Article 370 move, said, "After independence, the then home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel unified India, and now Amit Shah has done the same by revoking Article 370."

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