New Delhi, Aug 5 : BJP patriarch and former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on Monday welcomed the government to abrogate Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and said scrapping of the said Article has been a part of BJP’s core ideology since the days of Jan Sangh'.
'I am happy with the Government’s decision to revoke Article 370 and I believe that it is a bold step towards strengthening national integration,' he said in a brief statement. The scrapping of Article 370 has been a part of BJP’s core ideology since the days of the Jan Sangh, said Mr Advani who held the portfolio of home during the tenure of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who also held the Defence portfolio, said 'a historic wrong has been undone today'.
``I congratulate the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Home Minister Shri Amit Shah for this historic initiative and pray for peace, prosperity and progress in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,' he said in a series of tweets.
'My compliments to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and the Home Minister Shri Amit Shah for correcting a historical blunder.
'A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go,' Mr Jaitley maintained. Separate status led to separatism. No dynamic nation can allow this situation to continue, he said.
Mr Jaitley also pointed out that 'What was a temporary and transient provision cannot be treated as permanent. It had to go.'
Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also said this was a bold and historic decision. 'We salute our Great India - one India,' she said in a tweet. (UNI)