Bhopal, August 11: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday sparked a controversy by saying that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was a ‘criminal’ as he imposed Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Chouhan also criticised Nehru of announcing ‘cease-fire’ in war with Pakistan. "Jawaharlal Nehru is a criminal. When Indian forces were chasing out Pakistan tribals from Kashmir, he declared a ceasefire in which 1/3rd of Kashmir was occupied by Pakistan. If there wasn't ceasefire for a few more days, the whole of Kashmir would have been ours", Chouhan was quoted by ANI. Jammu and Kashmir no Longer a State.
Chouhan further added saying that the second crime that Nehru committed was that of imposing Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. "In one country, how can two symbols, two constitution and two heads can exist? This was not injustice but was a crime against the nation,” said Chouhan. Article 370 Revoked From Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shah Makes Historic Announcement Proposal in Parliament.
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan, BJP: Jawaharlal Nehru is a criminal. When Indian forces were chasing out Pak tribals from Kashmir he declared a ceasefire, 1/3rd of Kashmir was occupied by Pak. If there wasn't ceasefire for a few more days, the whole of Kashmir would have been ours. (10.8) pic.twitter.com/gGDcWyoEFm
— ANI (@ANI) August 10, 2019
Earlier this week on Monday, the government revoked Article 370 that gave special status to the Jammu and Kashmir. The Narendra Modi-led government also passed Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act 2019, reorganizing the state in two Union Territories–Jammu and Kashmir with Assembly and Ladakh without it.
The senior BJP leader also took a jibe at that Congress party and said that it is divided on its stance over the Article 370 while both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi choose to keep quite on the issue. ”Congress should first tell what its stance is on Article 370 before approaching Court. Sonia Gandhi should tell what her stance is, but she is keeping mum", he said.
Amid the political turmoil over the abolishing of Article 370, National Conference MPs, Mohd. Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masood, on Saturday, moved the Supreme Court challenging the August 5 presidential order by which Article 370.