Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the Narendra Modi government has “fulfilled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dream” of uniting the nation by abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Amit Shah was speaking at the passing out parade of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.

Paying tributes to Sardar Patel, the minister said, “He (Patel) united 630 princely states, only Jammu and Kashmir was left. Under PM Modi’s leadership, Article 370 has been abrogated and J-K fully integrated with the rest of India”.

He also congratulated and extended his gratitude to the families of the IPS officers for their support towards serving the country. He also wished a successful career to all the probationers and also reminded them about their duty towards the service of the nation.

A total of 103 probationers including 11 foreign and 16 women probationers passed out of the Academy today.

Shah inspected the Dikshant Parade commanded by Sh. Gaush Alam, IPS Probationer (Telangana Cadre) of 70RR and took the salute.

Shah’s address to the new IPS officers comes on a day when Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi are set to visit Srinagar weeks after the revocation of Article 370.

In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also had said that the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A was a major step towards realizing the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

On August 5, the Government of India revoked the special status for Kashmir and divided the state into two Union territories – J&K and Ladakh — for better governance.

It was Union Minister Amit Shah who proposed in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir. It was passed in the Upper House with over two-thirds majority.