Time to say goodbye to Article 370: BJP Spokesperson

Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP today said that Article 370 of the Constitution is responsible for creation of a “separatist emotion” and time has come for the people of the state to say goodbye to it and also Article 35 A.

J&K BJP spokesperson Prof Virender Gupta said that both these articles, instead of being beneficial to the people of the state, have done a great damage and hamper progress and development.

“The time has come when the people of Jammu and Kashmir should say goodbye to Article 370 and ask the Government of India to revoke Article 35 A,” he said.

Article 370 grants special status to J&K while Article 35 A empowers the state legislature to define permanent citizens.

“The prevailing situation in the Valley shows that Article 370 has created a separatist psyche and acts as a breeding ground for separatist emotion”, Gupta said.

The Article is responsible for keeping the settled issue of Jammu and Kashmir alive, motivated and encourages the separatists and external forces to interfere in the internal matters of India and challenge the integrity of the country, he added.

He said that Article 370 has led to increasing alienation of the people of the Valley from India and in taking them away from the national mainstream.

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