The Centre’s Narendra Modi government on Tuesday confessed that there was no plan to scrap Article 370, that accords special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
In his reply to the BJP’s Ashwini Kumar, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said, “There is currently no such proposal under consideration of the government.”
Kumar had asked, “Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state: whether the Government is committed to scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir?”
The BJP is a part of the government in Jammu and Kashmir with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP. Today’s candid confession by the central government will come as a huge relief to the PDP, which has been opposed to the scrapping of Article 370.
After meeting PM Modi last year in August, Mufti had said that he gave her assurance stating there will be no compromise on Article 370.
“The basis of agenda of our alliance is that status quo on Article 370 (Special Status) is to be maintained and none of us will go against it. Discussions on Article 35 A (special rights for permanent residents) have a negative impact on Jammu and Kashmir. It should not happen. The Prime Minister has has given 100 per cent assurance on the agenda of alliance,” she was quoted by IANS.