NC rejects Madhav’s Article 370 remark, says it reflects BJP’s untaught version of history

NC rejects Madhav’s Article 370 remark, says it reflects BJP’s untaught version of history

Srinagar: The National Conference on Sunday rejected BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s remark on Article 370 and said that the statement is reflective of BJP’s “flawed and untaught” version of history.
“The provision of Article 370 was not given to us by the then Prime Minister Nehru, but the then constituent assembly of India. The motion was supported by the then home minister Vallab Bhai Patel, and then industries minister Shyama Prasad Mukharjee. In addition to that, Article 370 is powered by the conditional instrument of accession previously signed by Maharaja Hari Singh,” said the NC additional general secretary Sheikh Mustufa Kamal in a statement.
He said: The state of Jammu and Kashmir didn’t sign any merger papers which were signed by other princely states. Our erstwhile head of state Maharaja only signed document of accession subject to conditions. Subsequently, the state and the GoI entered into an accord, the Delhi agreement of 1952 as it is referred to as. The accord was ratified by the parliament of India and subsequently by the constituent assembly of the state. As such any unscrupulous fiddling with special status of the state will inversely hit the bond of the state with the union.
“Article 1 of the Constitution of India which deals with the territories of the union is also applicable to the state through Article 370. The Article 370 of Indian constitution mirrors the Instrument of Accession. On April 3 2018, the Supreme Court also opined that the Article 370 has acquired a permanent status,” he added.
The NC leader while underscoring the necessity of resolving the issue of JK said that Government of India should stop shying away from solving the issue.
Kamal said that we are not the only state with such special provisions. “Range of provisions are also available to other 11 states, listed in Articles 371, 371A to 371H, and 371J,” he said, adding, “Unfortunately JK has always been a scorn in the eyes of bigots because the very Muslim majority character of our state bothers them. The constitution of India is a social document; the makers of the constitution of India had diligently accommodated the cultural diversity of the country in it. I would urge the forces as are inimical to the special status of our state to respect the constitution, rule of law and the procedures established by law. It is imperative for all of us to follow the rule book.”
Rebuffing the statement of Madhav on so called election rigging of 1987, Kamal said, “Ram Madhav want to suggest that the Supreme Court, the election commission were sleeping over the issue of ‘rigging’. People of the country know how a tall leader like Indira Gandhi was disqualified by the Allahabad court on rigging charges. Indira despite being the PM was disqualified by the court. Moreover, had there been any rigging in 1987, many of the sitting cabinet ministers of Farooq led cabinet would not have lost the elections. The pet blame of our detractors on 1987 elections is not substantiated by facts.”
“I urge the Modi government to address the internal and the external dimensions of the issue of JK. The countrymen have given him a massive mandate. He should make use of this massive mandate to initiate an aggressive dialogue with all the stake holders within the state. Our party has always vowed for a peaceful sub-continent, that dream cannot be visualized without India-Pakistan bonhomie,” he added.