Howdy Modi: When Article 370 took centrestage in India and abroad

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Amit Shah

A few hours before the prime minister addressed ‘Howdy, Modi’ event, Amit Shah spoke at a seminar in Mumbai on Modi government’s “historical decision” to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

Explaining the significance of the programme, Amit Shah said it was the first one after the Election Commission had declared assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana.

While elections are being held in Maharashtra and Haryana, Amit Shah’s main focus remained scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A which were related to Jammu and Kashmir.

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Linking nationalism to abrogation of Article 370
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Linking nationalism to abrogation of Article 370

Moreover, while PM Modi linked Article 370 to terrorism being sponsored by Pakistan, Amit Shah connected it to nationalism and how it was significant in the forthcoming assembly elections.

He appealed to the people of Maharashtra to decide once and for all whether they were in favour of abrogation of Article 370 and 35A or against it. It is an opportunity to the voters of the state, he added.

“This is the first election after the abrogation of Article 370. There are political formations - one belongs to the BJP and its allies which considers Bharat Mata as everything. On the other hand, there are dynastic parties Congress and NCP for whom their families are considered as everything,” Amit Shah said adding that the people of Maharashtra had to decide whether they wished to support the “nationalist parties” or the “dynastic parties”.

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