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‘Article 370 has to go lock, stock, and barrel’, says BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav


Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said that his government is fully committed to repeal Article 370 from the valley that provides an autonomous status to the state. Talking to news agency ANI, Ram Madhav said, ‘Article 370 has to go lock, stock, and barrel, as Home Minister clearly mentioned yesterday’.

He further asserted that his government is committed to resolve all the issues of Jammu and Kashmir. ‘We are moving in the right direction’, he added.

As quoted by ANI, ‘As far as Article 370 is concerned, our ideological commitment is well known. Article 370 should be removed. We are against it since the beginning. Govt will take a suitable step to remove Article 370 at an appropriate time’.

Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary further said that Article 370 was imposed in the state was a temporary period. He further said even the First PM Jawaharlal Nehru wanted it to go. ‘When it was introduced the then PM Nehru had himself said it is a temporary position, it will erode on its own. Even Nehru wanted it to go’, Madhav said as quoted by ANI.

Earlier on Friday, Congress had accused BJP and PDP Alliance of the problems in Jammu and Kashmir. Responding on the allegations leveled by Congress, Ram Madhav said, ‘BJP alliance was in power for 2.5 years, it’s Congress which through its alliances or through its proxies ruled states for decades. And it is only they who were responsible for every trouble you see in Kashmir today’.

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Article 370 gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits the Central Government’s power to formulate the rules for the state.

Earlier on Friday, during the discussion in Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah fired salvos at Congress and Former PM Jawahar Lal Nehru over the Jammu and Kashmir. He slammed Congress saying that the previous government did nothing to solve rift between people of India and the valley.

Slamming the former PM Jawaharlal Nehru, Shah said, ‘It was Jawaharlal Nehru who did it gave that portion(PoK) to Pakistan. You say we don’t take people into confidence, but Nehru ji did it without taking the then Home Minister into confidence’.

The Lok Sabha, on Friday, passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill. It also gave its nod to extend the President’s Rule in the valley for another six months beginning July 3.


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