“I am happy that such a big dream has come true. Today, our country has become fully independent,” Shivsena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.
Mumbai| While Modi govt’s move to abolish Article 370 is being met with mixed reactions, the BJP’s oldest ally Shivsena has come out in its support. On Monday, Shivsena chief Uddhav Thackeray hailed the government’s move and said that India has become independent in a true sense.
Addressing the media here, Thackeray also said that govt’s decision to revoke J&K’s special status has fulfilled the dream of his father Late Bal Thackeray and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“I am happy that such a big dream has come true. Today, our country has become fully independent,” Thackeray said. He urged the opposition parties to leave aside their political shoes and support the government to uphold the sovereignty of India.
Reacting to US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, Thackeray said its a bilateral issue. Uddhav Thackeray said, “The US need not poke their nose into our issues”. “The Jammu and Kashmir issue is India’s internal matter. We no more want to hear Pakistan-occupied territory, now its time to occupy Pakistan itself,” Thackeray said.
“Those who will oppose this decision, the government is strong enough to take care of them,” he added.
RSS Welcomes the decision:
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh welcomed the decision. BJP’s ideological parent RSS also termed the move as ‘Brave’. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that abolishing Article 370 was necessary for the interest of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir.
After the news of govt revoking special status of Jammu and Kashmir came out, RSS tweeted a joint statement by its chief Bhagwat and his deputy, Suresh Joshi. They said that everyone should rise above their interests and political differences. He also asked people to support the initiative by the government.
Abolishing Article 370:
The central government today revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. This means there won’t be any special status granted to it. President Ram Nath Kovind has invoked his powers granted under Article 370 (3) to declare it inoperative. The government also proposed to make Jammu and Kashmir separate Union Territory with a legislature while Ladakh will also be a separate Union Territory without legislature.