Lambasting the Congress party for its stance against Article 370, Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday has said that it is a national issue and not a political matter. Speaking at a seminar in Mumbai's Goregaon on September 22, the Home Minister has slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and criticised him for doing vote-bank politics on matters of national unity. Shah has also said that the Congress party and its leader Rahul Gandhi consider the abrogation of Article 370 as a political issue whereas BJP supported former PM Indira Gandhi when she won the 1971 war against Pakistan. He added that three generations of the BJP have fought and sacrificed their lives for the integration of Kashmir, including Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
Slamming Rahul Gandhi, Home Minister Amit Shah said that he should study national history before favouring or opposing anything. In a fiery speech, Shah said that BJP patron Atal Bihari Vajpayee had praised Indira Gandhi after India won the Bangladesh war under her leadership. He also said that BJP has always given importance to unity over the nation over politics. "Atal Bihari Vajpayee accepted the invitation of Congress PM Narsimha Rao to represent India at the UN on the Kashmir issue in 1994. Vajpayee ji made sure the world knew that J&K is an integral part of the nation," Home Minister Amit Shah said. "Rahul Baba needs to understand that politics should not be done on matters of national interests. He needs to study the national history and understand that taking the right stand is important on such issues. Congress view Article 370 as vote bank politics, we view this as patriotism. Therein lies the difference between Congress and the BJP."
Rahul Gandhi is still against the abrogation of Article 370 & 35A. I want to remind him that Atal Bihari Vajpayee had praised Indira Gandhi after we had won the Bangladesh war because it wasn't a political issue, but a national issue - HM Shri @AmitShah #BJPForUnitedIndia— BJP (@BJP4India) September 22, 2019
Maharashtra which has 288 Assembly seats will go to polls on 21 October 2019. Currently, the BJP holds 122 seats, while the Shiv Sena holds 63 seats. The Opposition held by UPA has 42 seats. Earlier in May, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won 41 seats while the UPA was reduced to merely 5 seats.