Raina said his party will work for defreezing of the eight assembly seats reserved for refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and revoking of the cumbersome M-Form exercise for Kashmiri migrant pandits before the next assembly polls.
On the scrapping of Article 370, Amit Shah said, "They (Opposition) say that Article 370 must remain in the country. Tell me whether Article 370 be removed from Kashmir or not? Modi ji has decided it will be removed from Kashmir once BJP government is formed at the Centre.”
Rajnath's reaction came a week after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah had said that his party would reinstate the posts of ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat’ (President) and ‘Wazeer-e-Azam’ (Prime Minister) in the state, which also drew a sharp reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Azad said that the Congress has stood witness to the developments in Jammu and Kashmir since the Instrument of Accession was signed on October 26, 1947, adding that the party affirms the whole of Jammu and Kashmir is part of India.
Hitting out at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for questioning the validity of the special status, Mufti said, "Arun Jaitley must think about this. If you finish Article 370, your relation with Jammu and Kashmir will be over."
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Last month, the BJP walked out of the coalition in J&K, ending the three-year-old power sharing agreement with the PDP in the state. Union minister Jitendra Singh has been one of BJP’s most vocal voices in this issue and defends the party’s decision to pull out of the J&K coalition citing that the decision was dictated […]