SRINAGAR: Former minister and senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said that BJP’s election manifesto contains an obnoxious reference to the country’s relationship with the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The BJP manifesto asserts that once the BJP forms the government at the end of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, among other things, it will abrogate Article 370 and 35-A,” Soz said in a press conference here.
“I reject this assertion as it is totally misplaced and unwarranted because it will remove the very bridge that connects J&K state with the union of India,” Soz said.
Soz said that tragically Modi is neither conversant with the history of India nor with its constitutional history.
“I will refer to Modi,” he said, “as the sole person responsible for production of the BJP’s election manifesto.”
Soz alleged since the cabinet system in India had broken down resulting in a single man rule.
He further said that “I can say that the people here reject the assertion of the BJP that it will abrogate Article 370 and Article 35-A of the constitution of India.”
“At this critical Juncture of our constitutional relationship with the union of India, we take the position that abrogation of Article 370 of the constitution of India will create a situation that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be forced to seek separation from India,” Soz said, adding, “While it is futile to remind Modi to withdraw the portion of the party manifesto relating to abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A of the constitution, I take this opportunity to warn him that the assertion of the BJP to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35-A of the constitution of India will further worsen the situation in J&K state and strengthen separatism.”