We are in the process of repealing Article 370: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, 27  May-2014(Indilens Web Team): The Narendra Modi government is open to debate on merits and demerits of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and would make efforts to “convince” the “unconvinced” by holding contact programmes with every section of society in the state, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh said here today.

We are in the process of repealing Article 370: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh

Singh said Modi supports debate on Article 370 keeping in mind democratic values.
Singh said Modi supports debate on Article 370 keeping in mind democratic values.

The 57-year-old first-time MP made it clear that BJP stood for abrogation of Article 370 (which gives special status to J and K) but at the same time it wanted to convince the people and have a democratic approach finding a lasting solution to the issue.

Meanwhile, hitting out at the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the talk of revocation of Article 370, which provides special status to the state, was “irresponsible” and “ill-informed”.

We are in the process of repealing Article 370: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh

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 1/n

— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) May 27, 2014

Terming the Article 370 as the “only constitutional link” between the state and rest of the country, Omar tweeted his reaction to the statement by Minister of State in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office Jitendra Singh.

“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. He said Modi has supported debate on Article 370 keeping
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]

One Response to We are in the process of repealing Article 370: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh

  1. Shazida Khatun

    MoS PMO Jitendra Singh’s U-Turn……..
    “I seek to clarify that the reports in the media about my statement on Article 370 are misquoted. I have never said anything quoting the Honourable Prime Minister. The controversy is totally baseless”