Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the Congress of cheating people by not abrogating Article 370 despite promising it in Parliament in 1964. He attacked the grand old party saying it did nothing to scrap Article 370, which was a temporary provision, for 70 years. The prime minister also said that four lakh Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes in the valley.
"During a debate in Parliament in 1964, the country's distinguished leader got upset. There was division in the Congress. There was a demand that Article 370 be nullified and there be a debate on this issue in Parliament. At that time, Congress leaders, with folded hands, had said that their demand would be met and Article 370 would be nullified in one year. But the matter was again put on the back burner," PM Modi while addressing a rally in Rewari on the last day of election campaigning for Haryana Assembly Elections.
He said that it was the Bharatiya Janata Party government which scrapped provisions of Article 370, while the grand old party was only concerned about its "personal interests".
PM Modi said that under the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, which was implemented by the BJP government, a sum of Rs 900 crore was given to around two lakh ex-soldiers in Haryana alone, he added.
PM Modi said the BJP government had strengthened its armed forces by bringing in modernised weapons, Rafale jets and bulletproof jackets for soldiers.
He also attacked the Congress on the Kartarpur Corridor issue, saying for 70 years the devotees had to seek ‘darshan’ of the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara using binoculars.