While addressing the NRC-Jagaran Abhiyan in Kolkata, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fulfilled Syama Prasad Mukherjee's dream of abrogating Article 370 in Kashmir. Shah remembered Syama Prasad Mukherjee and said that he was martyred in Kashmir and after 73 years, Narendra Modi, right after coming back to office as PM, fulfilled his dream. The Union Minister also said that he would like to remind West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee that Syama Prasad Mukherjee prevented Bengal from falling into Pakistan’s hand.
The Home Minister, while addressing the event, said:
“I would like to tell you all that wherever I go in India, everyone congratulates and supports Modiji on his decision to scrap Article 370. The relation between abrogation of Article 370 and Bengal is very integral and close. It was the son of Bengal, Syama Prasad Mukherjee, who first raised slogan of, 'There will not be a different identification for the state of Kashmir in India. (Ek desh mein, do chinh, do pehchaan nahi rahenge, nahi rehenge.)'"
"India's great son Syama Prasad Mukherjee was then arrested and he later died in jail. With Syama Prasad Mukherjee's martyrdom, the Congress party thought that the matter was put to end but they did not know that BJP does not leave any work, unfinished. 73 years later, the state of Bengal gave Modiji 18 seats and right after coming back to power, PM Modi abrogated Article 370 in an instant. For 73 years we said the land where Mukherjee martyred, that land of Kashmir is ours. Today, Modiji has given life to that slogan and made Kashmir an integral part of India.”
This was Shah's first visit to West Bengal since he assumed the office of the union Home Minister earlier this year. The seminar assumes importance as it was held at a time when there have been 11 deaths in the state allegedly due to panic over the implementation of NRC in West Bengal.