Amit Shah’s roadshow starts with slogan ‘entire Kashmir is ours’

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BJP chief and the partys Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat candidate Amit Shah held two roadshows here Saturday as part of his election campaign and made people chant a slogan proclaiming that the entire Kashmir belongs to India. He made a gathering chant the slogan before his first roadshow in the morning. It came in the wake of PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Muftis criticism that Shah was daydreaming about abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution that provides a special status to the state. Saturday was the BJPs 39th foundation day. The first roadshow started from Sarkhej area in the morning, while the second, held late in the evening, passed through the Sabarmati area of the city. Before embarking on the roadshow from Sarkhej, Shah garlanded photographs of Jan Sangh founders Deendayal Upadhyaya and Shyama Prasad Mukhejee. He then made the gathering chant, Jaha hue balidan Mukherjee, woh Kashmir hamara hai. Sara ka sara hamara hai. (The Kashmir where Mukherjee sacrificed his life belongs to us. All of it belongs to us.) Reacting to Shahs reported remarks underscoring the BJPs commitment to abrogate Article 370, Mufti had said if that happened, mainstream politicians in Kashmir, including her, will have to reconsider their future course of action. Also Read: The roadshow which began in the morning passed through Vejalpur, Anandnagar, Jivraj Park, Mansi Crossroads and Muslim-dominated Juhapura before ending in Haveli in Vastrapur area around 1 pm. People were seen coming out of their houses to greet him despite the scorching heat along the 10-km route. The second roadshow through the Sabarmati Assembly constituency, which has a sizable Patidar (Patel) population, covered a distance of 15 km. Shah was accompanied by Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja among others during the roadshow in the evening. Hundreds of BJP workers on motorbikes also took part in the roadshows. The BJP chief did not make any speech, but tweeted later that peoples response was overwhelming. Shah, a Rajya Sabha MP and former Gujarat minister, has replaced BJP veteran L K Advani, who had been winning from Gandhinagar since 1998, as the partys candidate.

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