Article 370 of the Constitution is a bridge between Jammu and Kashmir and India and if it goes, people in the state will be forced to think if they want to be with New Delhi or not, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday. Also Read - Congratulations Pour in For Mamata Banerjee as TMC Scores Landslide Victory in West Bengal
Addressing activists of her Peoples Democratic Party, she said if Article 370 was scrapped, new conditions would have to be worked out between Jammu and Kashmir and India. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Admin Announces Complete Lockdown In 11 districts Amid Spike In COVID Cases
In such an eventuality, the people of the country’s only Muslim-majority state would be forced to think whether they want to remain with India or not, she said. Also Read - Complete Corona Curfew Imposed in Jammu and Kashmir Till Monday Morning
“If you break that bridge (Article 370), then you will have to renegotiate the relationship between India and Jammu and Kashmir.”
Mehbooba Mufti’s statement came in response to a comment made by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that Article 35A was constitutionally vulnerable and an impediment to the economic development of Jammu and Kashmir.