BJP leader Ram Madhav says Sonia Gandhi’s opposition to abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir similar to Nehru’s during Hyderabad merger

New Delhi: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday hit out at Congress president Sonia Gandhi for following in the footsteps of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, by protesting police action in Kashmir after the withdrawal of Article 370 in the region.

Nehru, said the BJP leader, had opposed police action during the amalgamation of the princely state of Hyderabad into Indian Union in 1948 under the leadership of then home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

“Like their leader Sonia today in the case of Kashmir, Nehru too was opposed to police action taken by Patel in Hyderabad at that time,” Madhav wrote on Facebook.

The Congress has strongly opposed the government’s move on abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 and the bill to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories in both houses of Parliament. However, a number of Congress leaders across the country went against the party’s stand in Parliament.

This statement from Madhav came while criticising the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy for stating that only Jawaharlal Nehru and the Sardar Vallabhai Patel had played a key role in the merger of Hyderabad.

Reddy also alleged that the BJP was trying to distort the history on the merger of Hyderabad with India and added it was the Congress and Communist parties that had fought the Nizam when the Centre was planning to annex Hyderabad state with Pakistan.

He also trained his guns against Madhav stating that the BJP leader despite being a native of Andhra Pradesh was not aware of Telangana’s history.
Reacting to criticism, Madhav on his Facebook post stated that Reddy’s “such silly regionalist” comments had finished off Congress party in Andhra Pradesh completely and the same thing was going to happen soon in Telangana too.