Rajinikanth lauds PM Modi, Amit Shah for abrogation of Article 370
Chennai, Aug 11 (IBNS): South superstar Rajinikanth has supported the Centre's move of abrogation of Article 370 and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the same.
He appreciated Amit Shah for his speech in the Parliament.
Rajinikanth said, "My heartful congratulations to you for mission Kashmir. The speech you delivered in Parliament was fantastic."
He said Amit Shah and Modi are like Krishna-Arjuna combo though he is not sure who represent which mythological character.
"Amit Shah and Modi ji is like Krishna-Arjuna combo. They only know who is whom. I'm wishing good luck to you and good luck to the country through you," Rajinikanth said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on Monday took away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by scrapping Articles 370 and 35A.
The government bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir with an assembly and Ladakh without an assembly.
Several Kashmir leaders including former Chief Ministers- Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti- were kept under detention.
Article 35A of the Indian Constitution allowed the Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and also provided special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.
Article 370 allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own constitution, flag and right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security.
The decision, which received support from several opposition parties, also prompted Pakistan to downgrade bilateral trade with India. Calling its neighbour as an "alarmist", India urged Pakistan to reconsider its decision.
Several foreign nations, including key regional players like Afghanistan, have welcomed India's Kashmir move.