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Home minister Amit Shah sees Jawaharlal Nehru ‘blunders’ in Jammu and Kashmir

First big mistake was the ceasefire call, when our victorious army had advanced till the Punjab area. This led to the birth of PoK, says Shah

Our Special Correspondent New Delhi Published 07.12.23, 05:16 AM
Amit Shah.

Amit Shah. File picture

Home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday used a discussion on two bills related to Jammu and Kashmir in the Lok Sabha to yet again slam Jawaharlal Nehru, claiming that the erstwhile state was suffering due to “two big blunders” committed by the first Prime Minister, inviting loud protests and a walkout by the Congress.

Shah delved into history to slam two decisions taken by Nehru — declaring ceasefire without winning the entire Kashmir and taking the issue to the United Nations — claiming that Jammu and Kashmir had suffered for years due to these moves.

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“...I want to say with full responsibility that Jammu and Kashmir had to suffer for years due to two big mistakes, committed due to decisions taken by then PM Jawaharlal Nehru…,” Shah said in the Lok Sabha.

“The first big mistake was the ceasefire call, when our victorious army had advanced till the Punjab area. This led to the birth of PoK. Had the ceasefire been delayed by three days, then PoK would have been a part of India today,” he added.

Shah quoted some lines from a letter, claiming that it was written by Nehru to Sheikh Abdullah, (first elected PM of J&K), in which the Nehru acknowledged that the ceasefire decision could be a mistake.

Shah underlined that Nehru’s decisions were “historic blunders”.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted: "Today in the Lok Sabha, the Home Minister made deliberately provocative and blatantly false statements on Nehru’s role in J&K in 1947 and 1948. Dr. Farooq Abdullah immediately called out the Distorian masquerading as a pseudo-historian. These are tactics to derail the Congress and INDIA’s narratives, and I for one will not fall into the Shah trap...."

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said outside Parliament: "They have always had differences with Nehru and will never acknowledge his work. This is politics."

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