BJP demands debate on Article 370

BJP demands debate on Article 370
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Jammu (PTI): BJP on Thursday accused Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of playing to the gallery by raising the...

Jammu (PTI): BJP on Thursday accused Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of playing to the gallery by raising the issue of Article 370 during the Pir Panjal tunnel inauguration ceremony in Banihal. Insisting that the Chief Minister was factually incorrect in saying that BJP takes up the issue of Article 370 only close to elections, BJP national executive member and state chief spokesperson Jitendra Singh said, "It is the other way round."

"While BJP has consistently fought for abrogation of Article 370 for over 60 years, National Conference raises the bogey of so called autonomy only close to elections or when it is out of power," he alleged. "BJP does not follow the policy of opportunism like NC, nor does it seek votes by resorting to separatist jargon," Singh said.

People of Jammu and Kashmir have now understood this "trick" and can no longer be fooled by such rhetoric, he said. Insisting that Article 370 has done more harm than good to the people of the state, the BJP leader said, "We are ready for an open debate with facts, figures and evidence to prove that Article 370 has done more harm than good to the people of the state including those of Kashmir Valley."

Dismiss Omar govt: Omar Jammu (PTI): Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Thursday demonstrated and demanded immediate dismissal of the Omar Abdullah government for seeking partial withdrawal of AFSPA from some parts of the state.

Led by its senior vice-president P K Ganju, JKNPP activists raised slogans against the government and accused Omar for advocating partial withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some parts of the state. The party is also demanding re-organisation of Jammu and Kashmir and constitution of a state delimitation commission.

JKNPP also condemned the recent killing of policemen and Army jawans in Srinagar. Ganju urged Governor N N Vohra to intervene under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, which vests power on the Governor to dismiss the government if it is not functioning in accordance with the Constitution.

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