Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#Article370: RSS hits out at Omar, says J&K will always be a part of India

New Delhi: Amidst the raging debate over Article 370, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Ram Madhav has lashed out at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeting that the state "has been and will always be a part of India."
"J&K won't be a part of India? Is Omar thinking its his parental estate? 370 or no 370, J&K has been and will always be an integral part of India (sic)," Ram Madhav tweeted.
Meanwhile, the core group of Jammu and Kashmir's ruling National Conference is meeting at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's residence on Wednesday to discuss the statement made by Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Minister Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Article 370 claiming that the government had started speaking to stakeholders to repeal Article 370.

Article 370: RSS hits out at Omar, says J&K will always be a part of India

The National Conference will be meeting at Omar Abdullah's residence to discuss the statement made by MoS Jitendra Singh on Article 370.
Omar had warned the new Modi-led government against scrapping Article 370 saying that any such move would only further isolate the state. He also further added that any talks on Article 370 need to focus on strengthening it and not scrapping it claiming that abrogation of the law will further isolate the state.
In conversation with IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Omar said that "Article 370 is the constitutional link between Jammu an Kashmir and rest of India. You take that link away, what else is there? Please understand that J&K is exceeded to the union of India on the basis of Article 370, which cements that relationship.
He also said that denied BJP's argument that the Article weakens the process of integration than strengthening saying that it is the only process whereby J&K is a part of India.
However, he also said that he is ready for a discussion on the issue. "I had offered a dialogue from the first time when Modi had come to Jammu where he said in a speech that we're ready to talk. I said you name the time and place. I'll be there to talk. If you're willing to reopen the entire question of accession of J&K to India. Please by all means open the question of revocation of Article 370 and let's see where you reach," he said.
The debate over the Article erupted yet again after Dr Jitendra Singh, soon after taking charge as MoS in the PMO, said that the government has started a debate on the abrogation of Article 370, which gives special status and autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir.
While speaking to CNN-IBN, Jitendra Singh had said, "Article 370 has done more harm. Youth of Kashmir has to be convinced about this. That's why honourable PM has called for a debate." However, he later clarified that he had been misquoted. Article 370 grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir.
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