“Mark my words & save this tweet – long after Modi Govt is a distant memory either J&K won’t be part of India or Art 370 will still exist 2/n”
Singh said that a process of holding debates with various stake holders was on to apprise them about benefits and disadvantages of Article 370 for the state.
“So the new MoS PMO says process/discussions to revoke Art 370 have started. Wow, that was a quick beginning. Not sure who is talking,” Omar tweeted.
“Art 370 is the ONLY constitutional link between J&K & rest of India. Talk of revocation of not just ill informed it’s irresponsible. 3/3”
“Mark my words and save this tweet – long after Modi Govt is a distant memory either J&K won’t be part of India or Art 370 will still exist,” Omar said.
He made it clear that Article 370 was the “ONLY Constitutional link” between J&K and rest of India.
“Talk of revocation of not just ill informed it’s irresponsible,” he said.
Singh, a surprise choice as Minister of State in the PMO, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his December rally last year, had suggested for discussion and seminars across the state to analyse merits and demerits of Article 370.
“His (Modi’s) intention and that of the government is that we have a debate so that we can convince the unconvinced about the disadvantages of Article 370.
“If we do not have debate and discussion how would you be able to tell those who have been unable to understand what they have been deprived of on account of
Article 370,” he said after taking over as Minister of State incharge of Department of Personnel and Training, which has administrative control
over the CBI.
The Minister said “we are working very professionally but at the same time, please keep in mind, that we are working very democratically. We do not want to impose ourselves on anyone and things will happen in natural course.”
Singh said Article 370 was more of a psychological barrier than a physical one.
in mind democratic values. “The Prime Minister had said we want to have a debate. This does not mean that we want to havea debate because certain section of media interpreted that Prime Minister deviated from its stand. It’s not so.
“He said so with respect to the highest values of democratic system,” the minister said referring to one of the elections rallies by Modi where he had sought discussion on the article.
Singh, a doctor by profession, suggested that people in the state were also in favour of repealing the article.
“If you take voter account, we have more that 50 per cent of vote share,” he said and asked “can the media interpret that 50 per cent of people in the state wanted abrogation of Article 370?”
BJP has won three out of six Lok Sabha seats from the state.
Singh said talks will be held with every stakeholder of the state as all are “equally important” and reminded that the founding fathers including the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru were of the view that it is going to be a transient provision”. [Input source: Patrika]