Maharashtra: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dared opposition on abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. He asked the opposition parties who are criticizing his government to reserve it “if they dare”. "If you dare, take a clear stance and come forward," the Prime Minister said today while addressing a rally in Maharashtra's Jalgaon.

While sounding poll bugle in Maharastra, he has thrown an open challenge to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who is also kick-started election campaign in the state. “Do you think anyone has the courage to bring it back? Will their political career survive if they dare to?"

The BJP has taken up the move to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate it into two union territories as one of the key themes in the coming round of state elections that will be held later this month.

The Congress had vehemently opposed the government's move - announced in parliament in August- maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India "as one State" and no government has the power to change its status or divide it or reduce any part of it to a Union Territory.

"I challenge the opposition. If you have the courage, J&K, Ladakh... declare it in your manifesto that Articles 370, 35a... that we have abrogated… I challenge you to put it in your manifesto to bring it back," he said.

Last month, at a public meeting to explain how the government has executed its decision and reasons for it, Amit Shah had blamed former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the formation of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK), and said it was because of the "untimely ceasefire" declared in 1948.

Today in another rally in Beed, the BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that "By abrogating Article 370 Narendra Modi has given this country a reason to celebrate nationalism”.

The BJP has repeatedly stressed on what it called the Congress's "inability" to take a similar step and projected the government's move in Jammu and Kashmir as one of the achievements in the second term of the Narendra Modi government.

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