New Delhi: With the BJP releasing its election manifesto ‘Sankalpit Bhatar Sashakt Bharat’ on Monday and promising to repeal the Article 370, which they maintained was discriminatory against non-permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir– the state polity was once again livid and advised the party to treat carefully henceforth.
Taking to Twitter, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti fired, “Already J&K ek barood ki dher par baitha hua hai (J&K is sitting on a pile of bullets). If this happens then not only Kashmir but the country and the region will burn. So, I appeal to BJP that please stop playing with fire.”
Earlier in the day, referring to a media report that a PIL has been filed in the Delhi High Court to bar her and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah from contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, she tweeted:
Reacting to the BJP’s commitment to abrogate articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, Farooq Abdullah said that the move will pave the way for ‘Azadi’ for Kashmir.
The BJP manifesto released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah said the party would abrogate both articles if votes to power. It read, “We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370. We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state,” the BJP said.
Reacting to this, Abdullah told an election gathering in Srinagar, “Do they think they will abrogate Article 370 and we will be quiet? They are wrong… We will fight it. I think it is Allah’s will that they are trying to abrogate it. Let them do it and it will pave way for our Azadi.”
There are many public interest litigations pending in the Supreme Court wherein both articles 370 and 35A have been challenged. While article 370 gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, article 35A empowers the state legislature to define citizens of the state and their privileges.
With IANS inputs