The debate over Article 370 is back in focus with Minister of State (MoS), PMO, Jitendra Singh stating that the process of abrogating it has already begun and they are discussing the issue with several stakeholders in the state.
The Article 370 of the Constitution grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. BJP has been pushing for scrapping of Article 370 but in its election manifesto the party talked about discussing the issue of abrogation with all stakeholders.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Article 370 was the “ONLY Constitutional link” between the state and the rest of the country. Omar said, “Mark my words and save this tweet – long after Modi Govt is a distant memory either J&K won’t be part of India or Art 370 will still exist.”
During the election campaign, Narendra Modi had called for a debate on Article 370. Soon after Modi’s remark, a Panchjanya editorial had said ‘this temporary provision of the Constitution has become a shield for separatists and religious fundamentalists solely because it has been used to protect the vested interests of power and position at the expense of national interests.’
The Organiser had claimed that Article 370 is not good for “better-halves”. It also asserted how the Jammu and Ladakh regions were “victims of the biased system. (With PTI inputs)