New Delhi, May 28 UNI | 2 months ago

Strongly condemning the statement by Minister of State (Independent) in the PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh that a debate would take place on the relevance of Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress today said raising of the issue of Article 370 by the BJP is part of its 'divisive agenda'.


"The BJP knows that they cannot abrogate Article 370. All the comments in this regard have been thrown in with the view of the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir elections," AICC spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters here.

On Mr Singh later retracting his statement and saying that he was 'misquoted', Mr Singhvi said, "This isn't a flip-flop. It is premeditated. BJP's stand on Article 370 is inflammatory and divisive, thrown in to polarise the electorate. We condemn it unequivocally."

He said the BJP's stand on development was just a mask - a 'mukhauta'.

Mr Singh generated a controversy when he said that a debate would take place on the relevance of Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

He added that they would make efforts to 'convince' the 'unconvinced' by reaching out to various sections of society. However, Mr Singh later retracted his statement and said that he was 'misquoted.'

Mr Singh said though the BJP is in favour of abrogation of Article 370, it seeks to do the same with consensus of the people and in a democratic manner.

On the statement, Mr Singhvi said, "They don't have the numbers and mandate to abrogate Art 370 in Jammu and Kashmir."

Commenting on Mr Singh's statement, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said, "Article 370 is a part of our Constitution. Kashmir is an inseparable and an integral part of India."

(Posted on 28-05-2014)