February 1998 News

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Revolt if Article 370 is revoked, says Farooq

12th February 1998
Asian Age

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has warned the Bharatiya Janata Party that any attempt to abrogate Article 370 would cause not just a revolt but the "total division of India." He said the reaction would be so severe that a BJP government, if installed, would not be able to remain in power.

Participating in a panel discussion organized by a private television channel, the chief minister said the BJP would never be able to abrogate Article 370 and if they try, "the first man who is going to revolt will be Farooq Abdullah (for) they are not just playing with fire, they are playing with the total division of India." He said certain commitments had been made by the government to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the BJP was duty bound to honour these. He warned that if the BJP was under the impression that by coming to power it would "bulldoze things," then "there will be such a revolt they will not know what has hit them."

The chief minister reminded the BJP that Article 370 represented the promise made to the people of Kashmir who were worried that "when they got into this bigger home (India) they (could) be gobbled up."


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