Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Sunday lauded Union Home Minister Amit Shah for abrogating Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which gave special status to the region of Jammu and Kashmir, and described the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo as ‘Krishna and Arjuna’. "My heartfelt congratulations to Amit Shah for Mission Kashmir. Hats off," the veteran actor said at the launch of a book chronicling the two years of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in office.
Rajinikanth, who is fondly known as Thalaiva, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were like Lord Krishna and Arjuna.
However, "we don't know who is Krishna and who is Arjuna," added the actor at the event which was also attended by the Amit Shah. He also praised Shah for his speech in Parliament on the Kashmir issue.
'Your speech delivered in Parliament, especially on Kashmir fantastic sir fantastic...Hats off to you Sir', Rajinikanth added.
The Krishna-Arjuna combination is credited with playing a key role in the Pandavas winning the Mahabharata battle against the Kauravas.
Speaking at the same event, Shah asserted that abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution will lead to the end of terrorism and progress of the region. Shah reiterated that Article 370 should've been removed long ago as it was not beneficial to the country.
“As a legislator, I firmly believe Article 370 should've been removed long ago. As a Home Minister, there was no confusion in my mind about the consequences of removing Article 370. I'm confident terrorism in Kashmir will finish and it'll move ahead on the path of development now,” the Union Home Minister said at the launch of a book on Vice President M Venkiah Naidu.
The Centre has last week revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status and announced it would be split it into two union territories - Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.