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BJP for Art 370 abrogation

BJP for Art 370 abrogation

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 11, 2009

The BJP on Saturday raked up its pet plan of abrogating Article 370 on special status to Jammu and Kashmir, but admitted to allies' objection to such a measure, which requires two-thirds majority in Parliament.

BJP national general secretary Arun Jaitley said, "BJP is asking for its scrapping. But, it is possible only when we have such political power in Parliament."

"Though some of our partners in NDA are not in favour of its removal, we stick to our stand. It can be scrapped only with two-thirds majority in Parliament."

To those opposing the Article's abrogation, he said, "they should go for an introspection whether this article has helped in integration of the State or improved situation in Kashmir."

"I feel, it has not. But (it has) only done damage," the saffron leader said.

Referring to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's recent statement that no party can touch the Article, Jaitley said, "arithmetic in Lok Sabha may not be in favour of its scrapping, but the counter productivity of the Article will be reflected in the long run."

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