Article 370 was abolished as Jammu and Kashmir is Muslim dominated, says P Chidambaram

  • Chidambaram said- If Jammu and Kashmir were Hindu-dominated, then the decision to remove Article 370 would not have been taken
  • ‘The government ended it simply because it wanted to show its strength’
  • ‘Jammu and Kashmir is part of India, but those who deleted Article 370 do not know the history of 72 years’

Chennai: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram slammed the government over the decision to abolish Article 370. He said that the Modi government decided to remove Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir because Muslims are the majority there. If the Hindus were majority there, this decision would not have been taken.

Chidambaram said, “Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India. No one has any doubt except the BJP. Those who do not know the history of 72 years, they abolished Article 370 just to show strength. Many states have also been given special status under several sections of Article 371 of the Constitution.”

‘Protesters Suppressed’

Chidambaram also said that thousands of protesters opposing Article 370 were suppressed. Bullets were fired at them, tear gas shells were lobbed. This is all true. I am also sad that 7 parties in the country supported the removal of Article 370.

According to the former finance minister, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country after the removal of Article 370. He selected and explained some such laws which will no longer apply to Jammu and Kashmir. I can tell 90 such laws which are still in force there.”

‘There were no differences between Nehru and Patel’

According to Chidambaram, “There was no conflict between the country’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and the first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Patel had no connection with the RSS. BJP has no leader, they are stealing our leaders. It doesn’t matter. Who belongs to which party all this is recorded in history and cannot be forgotten or changed.”