Row over Article 370 escalates

Srinagar, May 29, 2014: The row over Article 370 escalated with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asking the Centre to make known the “stakeholders” it was talking to for repealing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and RSS saying no one should take any offence to a call for a debate.

Omar also made it clear that Article 370 cannot be abrogated till the Constituent Assembly, which approved J&K’s accession to India, is recalled, a day after the MoS in the PMO Jitendra Singh stirred a controversy by declaring that the new government has started the process for repealing the provision.

The core group of the ruling Ruling National Conference also met in Srinagar and condemned Jitendra Singh’s remarks, saying it has hurt the people of J&K and amounts to endangering the security and the integrity of the country.

Contending that it was impossible for BJP government to abrogate Article 370, Omar said confusion was being deliberately created on the issue which would further alienate the people of the state.

“They (BJP government at the Centre) cannot abrogate Article 370 till the Constituent Assembly is recalled. The Constituent Assembly approved accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. If you want to raise the question once again, then you need to bring the Constituent Assembly and then we will talk,” Omar told reporters in Srinagar.