As Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday visited Silvassa, the capital city of Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli, he slammed the Congress over their stance on the abrogation of Article 370. Speaking at the event in Silvassa, the home minister said that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is quoted by Pakistan in their letter to UN. He called it massive embarrassment for the grand-old party. He also added that only Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have abrogated the Article 370.
"No one had courage to remove Article 370. You people chose Modi Ji and in the first few days of his second term he removed Article 370. Except Modi Ji no one can take such daring decision. People have ruled the nation for 3 generations but could not remove it. Congress opposed UAPA, 370. I have no hesitation that Rahul Gandhi's statement is lauded by Pakistan and used by Pakistan in their UN petition. They should be ashamed," Home Minister Amit Shah said.
Pakistan’s minister of human rights Shireen Mazari, who wrote the letter to UN quoted Congress Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad. Mazari said in her letter: "Acts of violence have been acknowledged by mainstream politicians, such as the leader of the Congress party, Mr Rahul Gandhi who has noted "people dying" in Jammu and Kashmir, in light of events "going very wrong there." Soon after the development, Rahul Gandhi said that he may disagree with the government but his stance is clear that Kashmir is an inetrnal issue. I disagree with this Govt. on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue & there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it," Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter.
On August 5, India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Parliament also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution is its internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. As a preventive measure, Centre also placed leaders in Kashmir - Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti into detention, and ordered communication backout and curfew was imposed. However after a week, several communication facilities were resumed. 23 days after the abrogation, Centre claims that situtaion is normal, however some restrictions in the valley are still in place.