“It had been 70 years, but no one found it appropriate to even touch Article 370and Article 35A. In 2019, the country chose PM Modi, and August 5 is the day when both these Articles were revoked, paving way for Sardar Patel’s unfulfilled dream,” Shah was speaking at the ‘Run for Unity’ event at Delhi’s Major Dhyanchand stadium on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
On August 5, the Centre had revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status granted under Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh.
“The Instrument of Accession was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir but due to Article 370 and Article 35A, the state had become a problem for us,” he said.
“Article 370 and 35A were the gateway of terrorism into Jammu and Kashmir. PM Modi closed the gate of terrorism into the state by abrogating both of them,” he added.
His statement comes on the day when the bifurcation of J&K comes into effect, with its Lieutenant Governors and other members taking charge of their offices.
Shah further said for many years, Patel did not get the respect he deserved, and there were even attempts to forget him.