Athawale says those who oppose abrogation of Art 370 should go to Pakistan

Shillong, Aug 28: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale said that those who oppose the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir, to go to Pakistan.

“Those who are opposing (decision to abrogate Article 370) including militants, who are supporting Pakistan, should go to Pakistan. You don’t disturb Jammu & Kashmir, people there don’t want violence,” Athawale said while addressing a a meeting of teachers of adhoc schools at Shillong in Meghalaya.

According to him, there has been no violence incident in Jammu & Kashmir during the past few days due to the presence of army.

He lauded the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for their bold decision to finish off Article 370 and said, “We want to develop Jammu & Kashmir.”

Taking a jibe at the opposition Congress, Athawale, who is also the president of the Republican Party of India (A), said that he cannot support Rahul Gandhi as the strength of the Congress at present is not strong.

Earlier, the union minister of state also mentioned about the issue related to Jammu and Kashmir while addressing at the inauguration of the incubation centre at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).

He said that the decision to do away with Article 370 will be good for Jammu and Kashmir as from now on, all universities will go there and employment opportunities will be created.

“Now Jammu and Kashmir is part of India and we want to take (over) Pakistan-occupied Kashmir one day and that is our dream,” Athawale said.

He also allayed fears of the North Eastern region.

“The Centre has decided to help states in the North East to increase their revenue from their own resources which include tourism,” he said while stating that the Prime Minister has asked all ministers to frequently visit the region and ensure all possible help to them.