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There'd be no Kashmir issue had Nehru given Sardar Patel free hand: Rajnath

Said Jammu and Kashmir could have been merged with Indian Union like Hyderabad, Junagarh

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Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister on Saturday said had former prime minister given free hand to then wouldn't have Kashmir problem in the present time.

Addressing 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 given free hand to Sardar Patel to merge with Indian Union like and Junagarh then today we would not have been facing Kashmir issue," said Singh, adding that "Occupied Kashmir (PoK) would also have become part of the Indian Union".

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

But, he assured countrymen 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), its deeds are naapak (impure). It always tries to disintegrate India, sends terrorists from its soil to to kill India's sons".

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

"It seems is unaware that circumstances have changed in and Congress is not ruling 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 Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government at the Centre has given free hand to security forces to deal with the terrorists.

"We have given free hand to the and security forces to deal with the terrorists as today has become strong and not weak."

Earlier, Singh praised Sardar Patel's contribution for the integration of after

"When princely states of and Junagarh refused to merge with the Indian Union after then it was who made them to accede to India," said Singh.

He highlighted the importance of Bardoli and said that "It is the land of and he had started farmers' movement in 1927-28 from Bardoli itself. And, that movement gave him the title of 'Sardar' across India".

The Home Minister added that another son of the soil, Prime Minister is making proud in front of the world.

are due in and are expected to be held by the end of 2017 as the term of the current assembly expires on January 22, 2018.

First Published: Sat, October 14 2017. 16:55 IST