New Delhi, Mar 27: The Central government has said in a written reply in Lok Sabha that it is not considering to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as of now. The contentious article gives a special status to the state.
The Minister of State For Home Affairs, Hanraj Ahir, submitted a written reply in the House on Tuesday, saying the government was not mulling to do away with Article 370 at the moment. “There is currently no such proposal under consideration of the government,” his reply read.
The minister replied in the House to the question asked by BJP MP Ashwini Kumar. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised in its 2014 manifesto that it would scrap Article 370 if it came to power.
The Bharatiya Janata Party said last month that the article was responsible for the state’s problems.
“Article 370 is responsible for the most of the problems of the state and its people. It is better for the development of the state, for peace and communal harmony to prevail, that it is abrogated,” BJP’s state spokesperson Virender Gupta said.
“It is a paradox that the party and its followers, who are committed to nationalism, fighting separatist forces and wanting to end the uncertain conditions prevailing in J&K by abrogating Article 370 and putting their best efforts to bring its people in the national mainstream, are being abused as anti-national.
“Whereas those who have always exploited the people of the state under the shelter of Article 370 and appease the separatist forces for vote bank politics, are being portrayed as nationalists,” he added.
The regional parties, including the ruling PDP and the National Conference, are strictly against the BJP’s poll promise.