New Delhi, June 29 : A day after Lok Sabha approved a resolution seeking extension of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for another six months, Minister of State (MoS) for Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Saturday criticised India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, for Jammu and Kashmir crisis.
“If only Pt. Nehru had allowed his no.2 in the cabinet and then Home Minister Sardar Patel to handle J&K in the same manner he handled other princely states including Hyderabad,the history of not only J&K but of entire Indian sub-continent would have been different,” Jitendra Singh said.
On special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO & Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur, said, “This so-called special status is also an alibi created by Congress & National Conference. When it suits them, they are special & when it doesn’t, they aren’t .”
Singh, who is also a Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur, also underlined that Article 370 and 35A were, in actual, “temporary provision”.
“I made a plea on the floor of the house also, I wish a day comes when we decide minimum voter turnout to accept the membership of a candidate for Lok Sabha, so that we don’t have to deal with such MPs who come with 8% (voter turnout)”, Singh said.
Jitendra Singh said, “In order to pacify the reservations of other members including Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had said, “ye ghiste ghiste ghis jaayegi” Even those who differ with us, conveniently forget that even the protagonist of Article 370 or 35A which most prominently included Pt. Nehru, were of the opinion that it’s going to be a temporary provision in the constitution of India & the constituent assembly”.
“When term of state assemblies was extended to 6 years, then J&K CM Sheikh Abdullah adopted it but 3 yrs later when it was reversed, he refused using excuse of special status. Result of this is even after 40 yrs, J&K is the only assembly today having a 6-yrs term,” he added.