"There Is A Conspiracy In Jammu And Kasmir," Says Rajnath Singh Reiterating BJP's Stand To Scrap Article 370 And 35A From The State

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Articles 370 and Article 35A should be seriously reviewed and scrapped.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Articles 370 and Article 35A should be seriously reviewed and scrapped.

While Article 370 gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 35A allows the Himalayan state's legislature to define permanent residents of the state.

Speaking at a voters' awareness programme here, Singh attacked National Conference leader Omar Abdullah for his recent remarks that there should be a separate prime minister for Kashmir.

"When a person, who has occupied a Constitutional post says such things, then Articles 370 and 35A should be seriously reviewed. Since these (provisions) have mostly caused losses, Article 370 and 35A should be scrapped."

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Singh said, "There is a conspiracy in Jammu and Kasmir. Some organisations want to kindle the feelings of separatism among the people, but majority want to stay with India. Barring three-four organisations, the rest are with India"

BJP party president Amit Shah had stated that his party will eject illegal migrants from the country and introduce the National Register of Citizens (NRC) after coming to power at the Centre for a second term, referring to them as 'termites', while addressing rallies at Raiganj and Kalimpong on April 11. Shah also reiterated the BJP's manifesto promise regarding Jammu and Kashmir - i.e. that Article 370 would be scrapped.

Even ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that if the BJP-led NDA comes to power, Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, will "definitely" be abolished and accused PDP president Mehbooba Mufti of fielding "extremists" in the Lok Sabha polls and asked if it was not a form of terrorism to say Kashmir will not be a part of India if Article 370 is abolished.

Both prominent regional party leaders, Mehbooba Mufti of PDP and NC leader Omar Abdullah lashed out at the government over the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, wherein the PDP chief stated that 'J&K will get freedom from India', while the Abdullah scion called for a 'separate PM' for the state. 

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(With PTI inpurs) 

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