Abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir is a step towards ensuring its development and correction of a historical blunder, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Participating in the debate on a motion to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and a bill to split Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, he attacked the Congress alleging it was speaking the same language as Pakistan.
“We want to correct the historical blunder by this”, he said. He asked the Congress to support the bill and help correct the mistake made by “their ancestors”. Joshi said that the issue is not about land (bhumi-matr) but about mother-land (matra-bhumi).
The minister said that it was very unfortunate that the Congress was not supporting the decisions and divided voices were coming from the party. Congress is not able to elect its president as there is no democracy in the party, he said.
Pakistan is saying that it is a dark day for democracy and Congress too is saying the same, Joshi said. Recalling history, Joshi said that despite strong opposition from BR Ambedkar on Article 370, Jawaharlal Nehru went ahead with it.
Nehru had stated that the Article would be corroded and eroded, but instead the Congress was corroded in the last 70 years, and the Article was still there, he said. “Because of your (Congress) stand and vote bank politics, your number is declining since 1984”, he said.