Srinagar, April 8 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said there will be no option with the government other than abolishing articles 370 and 35A related to special status to Jammu and Kashmir in the Constitution if former chief ministers will demand for a separate Prime Minister for the terrorism-affected state.
His reaction came after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah had said that his party will strive hard for restoring the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir that could include having a ‘Sadar-e-Riyasat’ (President) and ‘Wazir-e-Azam’ (Prime Minister).
Addressing a BJP election rally in Suchetgarh, Rajnath Singh said, “People who lead J&K as CM for a really long time, they say, there should be a separate PM for the state. If someone talks of a separate PM for J&K, then we’ll have no option but to abolish Article 370 & 35A.”
He also asked the Congress to clarify its stand whether or not it supports the demand and said “such things” must be stopped.
“They (the BJP) talk of abrogating Article 370,” Abdullah said at an election rally in Srinagar, from where he is contesting the Lok Sabha elections. “If you do that, the accession will also not stand. I swear by Allah, I think this is the wish of almighty, we will get freedom from them.”
Abdullah said in Srinagar, “Ye (BJP) kya usko (Article 370 and Article 35A) mitana chahte hai..samajhte hai kya bahar se layenge, basayenge…humara number kam kar denge? Hum kya sote rahenge? Hum iska muqabala karenge Insaah Allah. Hum iske khilaaf khade ho jaayenge. (Does BJP want to abolish Article 370? Do they think that they will bring people (Kashmiri Pandits) from outside and settle them here? Do they think we will not respond and sleep? We will fight against it Insha Allah).” Farooq Abdullah Calls RSS ‘Murderers of Mahatma Gandhi’, Alleges BJP Responsible for Death of ‘Father of Nation’.
The NC chief added, “370 ko kaise khathm karoge? Are karoge to allah kidhar rahega? Allah Ki kasam kehta hun allah ko yehi manzoor hoga hum isse azad ho jaayenge. Karen.. hum bhi dekhte hai. Mai bhi dekhta hun kaun inka jhanda khada karne ke liye taiyaar hoga. Main bhi dekhta hun…aap bhi dekhna. Isiliye wo cheezen mat karon jisse tum humare dilon ko todne ki kosish kar rahe ho. (How will you abolish it? Where will Allah stay? I swear by Allah’s name that even want we get freedom from this. Let them do it. We will see. I will also see who will stand to hold their flag? I will see, and you will see. Therefore, don’t do such things which break our hearts).”