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Articles 370, 35A: ‘Appropriate decision at appropriate time’

On 28 June, Home Minister Amit Shah had made it clear that this BJP-led NDA government was in no mood to continue with Articles 370 and 35A

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New Delhi: The Modi government will take an “appropriate decision” at the “appropriate time” on Articles 370 and 35A and it will be in the interest of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the country, the BJP’s poll in-charge for the State Avinash Rai Khanna, said on Friday.  The BJP, the party’s vice president said, will form a government on its own in Jammu and Kashmir whenever elections are held.

Replying to a question on Articles 370 and 35A, which give special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Khanna said only time will tell what will happen on the two articles. “The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government will take appropriate action at an appropriate time, which will be in the interest of Jammu and Kashmir and the country,” he said.

Khanna, who was the party’s in-charge for Jammu and Kashmir’s organisational affairs, was appointed election in-charge on Wednesday. Discussing the previous PDP-BJP government, he said it was an incomplete government. “The BJP will form the government on its own this time in Jammu and Kashmir, whenever Assembly election is held in the State,” Khanna said. He praised Governor Satya Pal Malik and said an atmosphere of trust had been developed in the State.

The Election Commission may announce the poll schedule after the Amarnath Yatra is over. Official sources have indicated the elections may be held in October-November.

Sources in the BJP said the party will hoist the national flag in panchayats across the State on Independence Day in a bid to spread nationalism, especially in militancy-hit Kashmir.

On 28 June, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had given a clear indication that this BJP-led NDA government was in no mood to continue with Article 370, the provision in the Constitution that, along with Article 35A, gives Jammu and Kashmir privileges that no other State of India enjoys.

“As far as the question of 370 is concerned, you must know that it is mentioned as temporary in the Constitution and not permanent. And this was done in agreement with Sheikh Abdullah,” Shah said in the course of a debate that had started with the opposition questioning how long Article 356 (President’s Rule) would remain imposed on Jammu and Kashmir.

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