India independent in true sense with Article 370 move, says Uddhav Thackeray

It is fulfilment of the dream of late Bal Thackeray and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, says Shiv Sena president.

August 05, 2019 04:59 pm | Updated 08:36 pm IST - Mumbai

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

The Shiv Sena on Monday hailed the Modi-led government’s move to amend Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying India had become independent in the true sense with this decision.

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, whose party is an ally of the ruling BJP, said the government’s move on Article 370 is fulfilment of the dream of late Bal Thackeray and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“I am happy that such a big dream has come true. Today, our country has become fully independent,” Mr. Thackeray told reporters at his residence here.

He asked the Opposition parties to “leave aside their political shoes” and support the sovereignty of India.

‘No need to poke noses’

The Sena chief further said countries like the U.S. “need not poke their nose into our issues”.

“The Jammu and Kashmir issue is India’s internal matter. We no more want to hear Pakistan-occupied territory, now its time to occupy Pakistan itself,” Mr. Thackeray said.

“Those who will oppose this decision, the government is strong enough to take care of them,” he added.

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