I am proud of this historic decision taken by the BJP-led government, says LK Advani
Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani has commended the decision of the central government to end special status for Kashmir and split up the state. Commenting on this, Advani said, “This is a very bold decision that will strengthen the unity of the nation. I welcome this decision of the Government of India repealing Article 370 of the Constitution. It was a very brave decision. One of the most important policies of the BJP has been the abolition of Article 370 from the time of the Jan Sangh. I applaud Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for this historic decision. I also pray for the development, peace and development of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,” LK Advani said.
There has been vocal opposition to this decision throughout the country. Criticism that this is a move by the BJP government to erode the autonomy of the states is raging. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Tamil politician Vaiko [V. Gopalaswami] condemned the government's move to partition Jammu and Kashmir. Significantly, the ruling AIADMK in Tamilnadu supported the decision.