Ending the special status to Jammu and Kashmir would further alienate the state's people but if national elections were held any time soon, this populist step would win the BJP a bigger victory than even Rajiv Gandhi's landslide victory in 1984 following the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the former finance minister,Mr. Yashwant Sinha, has said.
A former BJP leader and one of the Prime Minister's most vocal critics before the Lok Sabha elections, the 81-year-old leader chided the government for ending provisions under Article 370 and splitting Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories with bills pushed through Parliament.
The decision was a 'pure political step' with 'nothing to do with Jammu and Kashmir' he said. Asked how many seats would the BJP win if an election were held now, he said, 'They (BJP) will beat Rajiv Gandhi's record.'
In 1984, after the assassination of Mrs. Gandhi, the sympathy wave helped the Congress, led by Mr. Rajiv Gandhi win more than 400 seats in Parliament.
'What the government of India has done with Article 370, and Article 35A, is nothing more than pure politics... There are state elections coming in some very important states, and this whole thing has been done in order to be able to win the elections,' Mr Sinha said.
He compared the moves on Jammu and Kashmir to a shock ban on large-denomination currency notes in 2016 that was criticised by most economists but found favour with voters who saw it as a crackdown on 'black money'.