Patel would have merged Kashmir with India if Nehru had given him ‘free hand’: Rajnath
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India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday said there would have been no Kashmir “problem” if the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had given a “free hand” to fellow Congress leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Addressing Gujarat Gaurav rally in Surat district, Singh also said that had Sardar Patel not been there, people would not have been able to see the political unity in the country.

“Had then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru given free hand to Sardar Patel to merge Jammu and Kashmir with Indian Union like Hyderabad and Junagarh then today we would not have been facing Kashmir issue,” said Singh, according to news agency ANI.

Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) would also have “become part of the Indian Union,” he said.

Singh said that apart from internal security concerns, as a home minister if he is concerned about a subject then it is Kashmir issue.

But, he assured Indians that “nobody should worry about Kashmir problem as ultimately it would be resolved as no power in the world can stop us”.

Talking about Pakistan, the Home Minister said that “though its name is Pak (pure) but its deeds are naapak (impure). It always tries to disintegrate India, sends terrorists from its soil to India to kill India’s sons”.

Singh warned Pakistan that now the circumstances in India have changed as the Congress is not ruling the country.

“It seems Pakistan is unaware that circumstances have changed in India and Congress is not ruling India but Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a son of a Gujarati mother, is heading the country,” said Singh.

The Home Minister also reiterated that National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has given “free hand to security forces to deal with the terrorists.”

“We have given free hand to the Indian Army and security forces to deal with the terrorists as today India has become strong and not weak.”

Earlier, Singh praised Sardar Patel’s contribution for the “integration of India after independence.”

“When princely states of Hyderabad and Junagarh refused to merge with Indian Union after Independence then it was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who made them to accede to India,” said Singh.

 

 

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