BJP Again: Will Work To Abrogate Art 370

24 May 2015
Rising Kashmir
Syed Amjad Shah

Jammu: Putting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) coalition government in the State to another acid test, BJP Sunday made it clear that it would work to 'revoke' Article 370 from Jammu Kashmir whenever they would have a two-third majority in the Parliament. BJP's national spokesperson Sambit Patra raked up the issue today maintaining his party opposes Article 370 and the saffron party had not compromised on its core ideology. 'In the future, BJP will work to remove the special status act from Jammu Kashmir whenever they will have proper numbers of MPs in the Parliament,' he said. 'Article 370 continues to be part of the core ideology of BJP but we don't have enough numbers (two-third majority in Parliament) in Parliament to do away with it now.' Patra said in future when the party would have required numbers, they would work toward its removal. Regarding the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, he said though PDP and BJP had different ideologies yet they joined hands to give a stable government in Jammu Kashmir. Patra said the party had been in power with a motive to provide development to the State. With the present coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, BJP had shown the respect to the mandate of the people of Jammu and formed the government with PDP who had the mandate from Kashmir for development. Patra said the coalition government was the opportunity for the people of the State and hoped that their experiment (of forming government with PDP) would become successful in the State and provide good government to the people. About the controversies surrounding the alliance in the State, he said such 'small controversies' were a result of difference in core ideology of the two parties. 'There is no need to worry as the government is guided by the Agenda of Alliance, the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the two parties,' Patra said. GEELANI'S PASSPORT The BJP's national spokesperson said the passport could only be issued to people who declare their nationality in the application form. He said the Hurriyat leader had to show his nationality in the form to get passport. PAKISTAN Accusing Pakistan of sponsoring militancy, the BJP leader said Modi government had given instructions to troops to give befitting reply to every bullet fired by Pakistan with a bomb on the LoC. 'BJP government cannot be soft to militancy,' he said. Commenting on the statement of Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Patra said India would never support militancy in any form. Parrikar had said the government would support certain militant activities and turn them against the militants sponsored by Pakistan in Jammu Kashmir. Slamming the Congress for 'making an issue' out of Modi's foreign visits, Patra said India had achieved a lot because of the tours whereas during the foreign tours of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nobody noticed any achievements. 'You see the investments Prime Minister Modi has brought to this country... Earlier, nobody noticed when Indian Prime Minister visited a country, now every country is ready to welcome our PM,' Patra said. On the issue of ongoing power tussle between Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Patra said the CM did not show maturity in handling the situation. 'He openly accused a senior most bureaucrat at a public function which was an immature thing to do,' he said. On the issue of the appointment of CVC, the BJP spokesperson said the issue was in the court and that the court has now granted permission for the appointment and the process was on.