Centre handled Kashmri issue tactfully, says Rajinikanth

Centre handled Kashmri issue tactfully, says Rajinikanth

S Murari

Tamil film star and BJP supporter Rajini Kanth on Wednesday reiterated his comparison of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to “Krishna and Arjun” and lauded them for having ‘tactfully handled “the Kashmir issue to contain fallout of scrapping of the special status.

Talking to reporters outside his residence in Poes Garden, he said the two handled the issue “very cleverly by detaining those who may create problem” and imposed prohibitory orders in Kashmir before scrapping the special status.

Those who in his view may create problem were Farooq Abdullah and two former Chief Ministers Omar Abhdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. While Farooq Abdullah has been put under arrest, the other two have been arrested.

Rajini noted that Shah brought the bill to scrap Art 370 that gave special status to Kashmir and bifurcated the State into two Union Territories before the Rajya Sabha where the BJP does not have majority and got it passed, thereby ensuring its smooth passage in the Lok Sabha.

He also said Kashmir was the “gateway to terrorism “. Rebutting criticism that the bill was passed without the concurrence of the people of Kashmir and when the State was under Governor’s rule and the Assembly stood dissolved, Rajini said had they had been taken into confidence, “terrorists” would have frustrated the plan.

He accused critics, who included senior Congress president P Chidambaram, of politicising the issue that concerned the security of the nation.

Rajini’s comment likening Modi and Shah to Krishna and Arjun has drawn a sharp reaction from AIMIM chief and Member of Parliament Asadudin Owaisi. He has asked whether Rajini Kanth wants another Mahabharatha war. He has also told him to spell out who are the Pandavas and who are the Kauravas.

Owaisi said the scrapping Art 370 and downgrading of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories is ”the third historic blunder after the arrest of Sheikh Abdullah in 1953 and the rigging of elections in 1987”.

He said Modi lacked the wisdom of Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel.  He said:”This Government has no love for Kashmiris. It loves the land and not the people. It loves power, but not justice. Let me remind them that no one rules or lives for eternity”.