Jammu, Feb 24: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections in 2019, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah Sunday said that it’s BJP’s resolve that “Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and nobody can seize it from us”.
While addressing a party rally in the winter capital, Shah said, “Forty of our CRPF men lost their lives in the Pulwama attack, their sacrifice won’t go in vain. We will take revenge, which is why the forces have been given a free hand to hit back.”
“It’s BJP’s resolve that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and nobody can seize it from us,” Shah said.
He added that Kashmir remained an unresolved issue only because former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru “tackled it in the wrong way, leading to Pakistan indulging in militant acts”.
“Kashmir remained a problem only because of Jawaharlal Nehru. Sardar Patel tackled Hyderabad and it is now respectfully part of India but Jawaharlal Nehru tackled Kashmir and it continues to be a problem,” he said.
Addressing a large meeting of BJP workers here, Shah said Pakistan was indulging in militant acts because of Kashmir.
“Kashmir is simmering because of Jawaharlal Nehru. Had Patel been the prime minister at the time, Kashmir would not have remained a problem,” he added.
Lashing out at the Congress for “politicising” the recent attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama, the BJP president said the opposition party was not to going to derive any benefit out of it.
“For Narendra Modi, the nation’s security is the top-most priority. He is toiling 18 hours a day for that. Congress… don’t teach patriotism to us. We are the ones who are ready to lay down our lives for Bharat Mata,” Shah asserted.