Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday challenged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar to clear their stand on the withdrawal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra.
Addressing a rally here on the occasion of culmination of the second leg of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' 'Mahajandesh Yatra, Amit Shah said Maharashtra would be the first state to go to polls after "abrogation of Articles 370 and 35 (A)", which withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir as well as the special privileges enjoyed by the people of the northern state.
"I want to ask Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar to make their stand clear on our decision to abrogate Article 370 and 35 (A) of the Constitution before they go for campaigning in Maharashtra," Amit Shah said.
Earlier in the day, attacking the Congress, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that it should be "ashamed" that its leader Rahul Gandhi's statement was used by Pakistan in its petition to the UN on Kashmir.
At a public meeting, Amit Shah said people have supported the Narendra Modi government's move to nullify Article 370 but some, he added in a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, are still opposing it.
"Congress opposed the move to remove Article 370. Whatever statements Rahul Gandhi make are lauded in Pakistan. Pakistan has included his comments in its plea. Congress leaders should be ashamed that these statements are being used against India," he said.
Rahul Gandhi had in a statement spoken about reports of violence and "people dying" in Kashmir following the removal of provisions of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status, and Pakistan had mentioned it in its petition against India.
Amit Shah said not a single bullet or teargas shell has been fired in Kashmir nor anybody killed ever since the Centre revoked sections of Article 370.
"Today, questions are being raised about the law and order of Kashmir. I would like to tell the entire country and the world that Kashmir is entirely peaceful. Ever since the removal of Article 370, not a single bullet or teargas shell has been fired, nor has anybody been killed in Kashmir till date," he said at a rally.
Amit Shah said the revocation of the special status has paved the way for development in Jammu and Kashmir and it will be a "final nail in the coffin of terrorism"
It has fully integrated Jammu and Kashmir with India, he said.
(With PTI inputs)