Govt to come up with ‘structured’ response on Article 370: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Prasad was responding to questions on the remarks of MoS in the PMO Jitendra Singh seeking a debate on the future of Article 370.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2014 9:57 pm
Asked on the controversy surrounding the election affidavits of HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Prasad said Congress should pick up bigger issues. Asked on the controversy surrounding the election affidavits of HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Prasad said Congress should pick up bigger issues.

The government on Saturday said it will come up with a “structured” response to the issue of Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, at an appropriate time amid a raging debate on it sparked by Union Minister Jitendra Singh’s remark.

“At the appropriate time, the Government of India, led by Narendra Modi, will come with a response on the issue of Article 370,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

He was responding to questions on the remarks of Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh seeking a debate on the future of Article 370.

Prasad said the decision on giving the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha will be taken by the Speaker and as a Law Minister he was not the right person to answer the query.

“Who will be the Leader of the Opposition is the prerogative of the Speaker. The decision of the Speaker is there, the norms are there. The law states what shall be the entitlement of the Leader of the Opposition…this is the call which has to be taken by the Speaker,” he told Karan Thapar on a national news channel.

Asked on the controversy surrounding the election affidavits of HRD Minister Smriti Irani, he said Congress should pick up bigger issues.

“She has already said that she should be judged by her performance. Her parliamentary skills are better than those with PhDs,” he said.

To a question on amending the TRAI Act through an ordinance to allow Nripendra Misra take up the position of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Prasad said a “technical glitch” in the law was rectified.

He also said since appointment of a Principal Secretary was an emergent situation, the ordinance was promulgated. He said it will be presented as a bill in Parliament.

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    ah
    Jun 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm
    simple Majority for BJP is good for Muslims ............................. start getting organized ......................... same way as RSS ............ but better than those who divide and rule ................................. as far as possible Muslims should Unite and help good governance ................................. as far as possible .....................................
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    Raveendra Reddy
    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:31 am
    If J&K also to has to be taken along the path of development, then article 370 is also related for development agenda. Conducive and inclusive politics.
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    Milind
    Jun 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm
    I suppose it is related to development of Kashmir.. And indirectly related to overall development of India...
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    Star
    May 31, 2014 at 9:17 pm
    Instead of abolishing article 370, let amendment be made. Industries and companies will be allowed in J & K to start production and business, citizens of India will be permitted to settle in J & K and work, J & K is part of India and as such, citizens of India can buy land and homes at J & K. Jammu and Kashmir will receive special status in terms of investments, taxes, benefits and Central Government Jobs! On Chief Minister can be there for only 2 terms....
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    Star
    May 31, 2014 at 9:18 pm
    Instead of abolishing article 370, let amendment be made. Industries and companies will be allowed in J & K to start production and business, citizens of India will be permitted to settle in J & K and work, J & K is part of India and as such, citizens of India can buy land and homes at J & K. Jammu and Kashmir will receive special status in terms of investments, taxes, benefits and Central Government Jobs! One Chief Minister can be there for only 2 terms....
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    V G
    Jun 2, 2014 at 7:08 am
    yes, Mr R Prasad. Let there be a free and detailed debate about Art.370 in the country. Why this CM O. Abdullah and his father sh'd object to an open debate? Is there any thing so sacrosanct about Art 370? We have to rectify some historical bers. These two Abdullahs think, they can blackmail the country saying if Art 370 is abrogated, J& K will NOT be part of India. Why they don't talk about bringing POK back into Indian Union? Are they paid servants of Pak? It is really tragic that we have a CM who unabashedly speaks anti-national. Why he sh'd not be charged under SEDITION laws of the country? Such people have no place in our society. In any case, their party NC has been defeated in the recent Lok Sabha Elections. Do they represent Kashmiris? If they continue this kind if talk, I think, N Modi and his team sh'd pursue dividing the State into 3 separate units - Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir. Stop all supplies of essentials from the rest of the country to Kashmir. Only then they will know what it means to be part of India. JAI HIND!
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    AdabSe
    Jun 2, 2014 at 9:08 am
    Strange! and how is Article 370 related to development agenda? seems it is taking a center stage. Is this the priority of new government? you guys are letting us down!
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