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Launching an indirect attack on Jawaharlal Nehru, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held India’s first Prime Minister responsible for ‘one-third of Jammu and Kashmir’ not being in India’s control. Shah’s statement triggered a huge row in Parliament during a debate on the bill to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
During the debate Shah asserted that it was Congress and not BJP who used Article 356 often in the past to dismiss existing government in the state. Shah also said that BJP had enforced President’s Rule in J&K under special circumstances. He said, “Before today, Article 356 has been used 132 times. Of those 132 times, 93 times it was used by the Congress. And now they will teach us how 356 should be used?”
While responding to Congress, which was against the bill, Shah said, “Manish Tiwari is raising questions on partition today. I want to ask him a question. Who is responsible for partition? Today, one-third of Jammu and Kashmir is not in our control. Who is responsible for that?” Shah then said that Jawahar Nehru declared ceasefire when the Indian force had pushed Pakistan troop’s to a corner.
After Congress protested over the use of Nehru’s name in the debate, Shah said, “Okay, if the mention of a name causes such pain, I shall henceforth refer to him as the first Prime Minister of the country.”
The Union Home Minister also targeted Congress for failing to conduct fair elections in J&K. He said, “There were proper elections under our government be it Morarji Desai’s or Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s.”