Written byShalini Ojha
Sinha, a former BJP member and staunch critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said on Monday that Centre's decision to rip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status by repealing Article 370 is a populist move.
He said Article 370 will be repealed, meaning the northernmost state will function as per Indian constitution.
Shah also said J&K will be bifurcated into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Notably, the J&K Reorganisation Bill was passed in RS on Monday and will be tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Naturally, the Centre's decision evoked reactions from across the spectrum. Dismissing it, Sinha said it will further alienate people of J&K.
He claimed it had nothing to do with J&K and was a mere "political step", one which would boost BJP's prospects.
So much so that if polls were held immediately, "BJP will beat Rajiv Gandhi's record," Sinha told NDTV.
"What government of India has done with Article 370, and Article 35A, is nothing more than pure politics... There are state elections coming in some very important states, and this whole thing has been done in order to be able to win elections," Sinha said.
Further, Sinha drew similarities between demonetization and PM Modi's latest gamble.
He said the shock note-ban in November 2016 was also a political move and had nothing to do with the economy.
"Demonetization was not an economic step. It was also a political step. Similarly, this is also a political step...It has nothing to do with Jammu and Kashmir, because if it had then the Jammu and Kashmir people would have been taken into confidence," Sinha said.
After PM Modi delivered the biggest surprise/shock of his second term, he received both bouquets and brickbats.
Ghulam Nabi Azad condemned BJP saying it had murdered democracy. Similarly, local J&K parties PDP and NC called it a betrayal.
But parties like BSP, BJD, AIADMK, AAP, and Shiv Sena congratulated PM Modi for taking the bold step, which they felt would benefit the country.
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