Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh defends the BJP decision to pull out of the J&K coalition, says the party’s position on Article 370 hasn’t changed but can’t be “dealt with” during Governor’s rule, and claims number of youths using govt avenues in state is possibly higher than from any other state.
The 'House' is currently adjourned for a break after a fierce debate that saw participants presenting numerous arguments in favour of the motion to repeal the autonomous status given to Jammu and Kashmir.
The PIL said the Jammu and Kashmir government, under the guise of articles 35A and 370, were discriminating against non-residents who are debarred from buying properties, getting a government job or voting in the local elections.
Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, “Till now, political parties have run the government. But, no one had run the country. Now, Narendrabhai is running the country with an aim of development for all. He has taken tough people-centric decision(s), whenever it is necessary.”
Panun Kashmir president Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, during a press conference here, said, "We...think the time has come for removal of these provisions (Article 370 and 35A) which only helped growth of secessionist, separatism and terrorism in the state".
The PIL, seeking that Article 35A be struck down, said the state government, under the guise of Article 35A and Article 370, has been discriminating against non-residents who are debarred from buying properties, getting a government job or voting in the local elections.