Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Rajnath Singh on Sunday claimed that Jawaharlal Nehru had intervened in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's efforts to unite India, resulting in the demarcation of Jammu and Kashmir, which was given a special status under Article 370.
"Had Nehru not taken precedence over Vallabhbhai Patel in the case of Jammu and Kashmir, the state today would have flourished at par with the rest of India in all developmental activities," alleged Rajnath Singh, addressing the gathering at the party's 'Lalkaar rally' here on Sunday.
"It is due to Shyama Prasad Mookerjee's sacrifice here that Narendra Modi and I did not have to acquire passports or permits to enter the state," he added.
Regarding the scrapping of Article 370, which has been the core agenda of the BJP, Rajnath left the issue open for debate for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and sought their opinion, assuring its acceptance only if it had done anything good for the state.
"We will not accept Article 370 if it has harmed the state, and leave the issue for the people of the state to think about," he added.
On chief minister Omar Abdullah's recent rhetoric over the state's accession and not merger, Rajnath said such statements gave enough weight to Pakistan to "carry on its mischief" from across the border.
In this regard, he reiterated the legal context of the Constitution that includes J&K as an "inseparable entity", and also mentioned Article 3 of the J&K constitution, which qualifies the state as an integral part of the Union of India, besides Article 147, which refuses any modification in the state Constitution over the state's total integrity.
Terming the state as "very sensitive" with China and Pakistan bordering it on either side, the BJP chief said both have become "all-weather friends", which has given a "great dent" to the Indian establishment, particularly Jammu and Kashmir.
"How can Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pass an ordinance of Border Defence Agreement Cooperation with China, not to tail-off each other's armies if they come nose-to-nose while intruding on each other's territories?" said Rajnath, adding that it was quite surprising that the PM and the foreign minister, by agreeing to this agreement, had given "free access" to China to enter the Indian territory from Arunachal Pradesh.
"The BJP will take up the issue in the December 5 session of the Parliament," he added.