Nobody can abolish Article 370: Soz

Nobody can abolish Article 370: Soz

IQBAL KIRMANI
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Saifuddin Soz on Monday said that any change in Article 370, which gives the special status to the state under the Indian constitution, will end J&K’s relation with India.
“I challenge the RSS, the BJP, and Narendra Modi to abrogate Article 370,” said Soz while releasing the party’s poll manifesto here.
Soz said abrogating Article 370 will end the relation of J&K with the Union of India. “Nobody can change it (Article 370). It is a bridge and you cannot remove the bridge at any cost,” he said.
Accepting that there has been dilution in Article 370, Soz said the amendments to the article should not have taken place which according to him safeguards ‘Kashmiriyat’.
“There has been dilution and I do not oppose your views that it should not have happened,” Soz said when asked that Article 370 has seen much erosion during the Congress rule in New Delhi.
Soz attacked the BJP on the promises it made during Lok Sabha polls. He said the BJP would never be able to fulfill its poll promises of building Ram temple at the site of Babri Masjid, implementation of Uniform Civil Code in the country and abrogation of Article 370.
“I am telling you with full responsibility that BJP cannot do anything on these poll promises. They will never be able to implement the RSS agenda of Uniform Civil Code. Only Hindus and Muslims together can build the Ram temple. No one else, including the BJP can (build it),” he said.

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