Rana advices Modi to correct perception on 370

BASOHLI: Advising BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Mr Narendra Modi to correct his perception on Article 370 of the Constitution of India, Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday said this provision defines the relationship between Jammu and Kashmir with Indian dominion, as enshrined in the Instrument of Accession.

 “Those talking about weakening or abrogating this constitutional provision are, in fact, working towards demolishing the constitutional bridge of relationship”, Mr Rana said while addressing party workers here this evening.

He urged Mr Modi, who he said was pretending to be carrying forward the mission of Atal Behari Vajpayee  in Kashmir, to take cue from the former NDA Prime Minister and shun the path of sectarian and destructive politics. “As Minister for External Affairs, Mr Vajpayee had sagaciously responded to a reporter on the question of abrogating Article 370 that there was much difference being in power and being in the opposition”, he said, adding that this was actually the realization that this provision can not be dispensed with for the simple reason of its being integral to Indian Constitution.

Mr Rana said: “By raking up this sensitive issue in run up to the forthcoming elections, Mr Modi is not only attempting to destabilize Kashmir situation but also challenging the wisdom of his own cadre who know that Article 370 is going to stay forever”. He said raking up this issue is only aimed up at inciting passions for narrow political gains and to play with the emotions of people.

The Provincial President expressed surprise over the understanding of Mr Modi over the state subject laws and said he should have better sought good counsel while going public on this issue. “State Subject law is different, which was invoked in 1927 much before the country got its constitution and thereby the Article 370”, he maintained. 

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