Prime Minister Narendara Modi Wednesday blamed the Congress for India’s Partition and the Kashmir issue.
Had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been the first Prime Minister, a part of Kashmir would not have been under control of Pakistan, he said in the Lok Sabha.
“This is your character. You divided India. Even after 70 years of Independence, 125 crore people of India continue to suffer because of the poison you sowed. Not a single day passes when people of India are not punished for your sins,” Modi said.
He said the Congress keeps saying that India got democracy due to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and the Congress. “Is this their reading of India’s history? What arrogance is this?”
Modi said India did not get democracy due to Nehru and asked the Congress leaders to “please look at our rich history where there are many examples of rich democratic traditions that date back centuries ago”.
“Democracy is integral to this nation and is in our culture.”
Modi addressed the House amid slogan shouting by some MPs demanding financial package for Andhra Pradesh as was promised by the government when Telangana was carved out of it during the fag end of the UPA rule.
The Prime Minister said the Congress “hastily” divided the southern state for political gains.