The skirmish over the abrogation of Article 370 between the regional parties of Jammu and Kashmir and Amit Shah has sustained even post the general elections of 2019. This time, the National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah retaliating to Home Minister's "Article 370 is temporary, not permanent" statement has claimed that even Jammu and Kashmir's 'ties are temporary' with India in that situation.
Rejecting the Centre's long-standing push for abrogating Article 370 and 35A from the state, Abdullah said that a plebiscite had to decide the fate Jammu and Kashmir
He said, "If this is temporary, then even our ties are temporary. It was said back then that when there is plebiscite in here (Jammu and Kashmir), the plebiscite will decide if Jammu and Kashmir becomes a part of India or Pakistan, but that did not happen.
"So if that did not happen, how can they abrogate the Article, because Pakistan has their part, India has its part, so the decision has not been made. The Maharaja's legacy is not together, half is here, half is there," he added.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday blamed the former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the political problems and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, as he asserted in the Lok Sabha that Article 370 of the Constitution granting special status to the state is "temporary in nature" and "not permanent".
Launching a blistering attack on Nehru and the Congress in his maiden speech as Home Minister in the lower house, Shah alleged that the policies of previous Congress governments widened the wedge between the people of the state and the country.
He said, "Today one-third of Kashmir is not with us. Who announced ceasefire when Pakistan encroached in Kashmir after independence and occupied one-third of its territory?
"Jawaharlal Nehru announced ceasefire and Pakistan took away that part of Kashmir," he said alleging that Nehru did not take the then Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Patel into confidence.
"If he would have taken Patel into confidence before announcing ceasefire, then Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) would not have formed and terrorism would not have existed in Kashmir," Shah said.