Not sure who’s talking, Omar snubs Jitendra

SRINAGAR: Reacting sharply, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullahon Tuesday said the Article 370 is the ‘only constitutional link’ between Jammu and Kashmir and rest of India and talking about its revocation is not only ‘ill informed’ but ‘irresponsible’.

The Narendra Modi government is open to debate on Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, minister of state in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday while making it clear that efforts would be made through this exercise to “convince” the “unconvinced”.

In a series of tweets, Omar said: “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.”

While objecting to his remarks strongly, Omar said: “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.”

57-year-old Singh, according to media reports, said Article 370 was more of a psychological barrier than a physical one and added that the Modi-led government was open to debate with all stakeholders, including youths, pros and cons of retaining or withdrawing the Article.

Lashing out opposition Peoples Democratic Party, which defeated National Conference in recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, Omar said: “What is PDP getting agitated about? They were the ones who worked to benefit the BJP in the state with the tacit understanding.”

Rein in disruptive voices, Mehbooba tells Modi

Rejecting the statement made by Dr Jitendra Singh that the ‘process of repealing article 370 of the constitution of India had begun’ and describing it as disruptive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today urged the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and BJP leadership to rein in the newly appointed minister before his utterances cause serious damage.

In a statement , here the party president Mehbooba Mufti said the Prime Minister should intervene to discipline him. “The PMO must clarify the statement to reassure the people of J&K that no mischief is on its way”, she said. Mehbooba said it was a very positive note that the Modi had begun his tenure on by reaching out to neighbors including Pakistan and reiterating his commitment to Vajpayee’s policies on Kashmir. But, utterances from loose cannons from the party could prove disruptive to the entire effort, Mehbooba said.

Mehbooba said the irresponsible utterances on Art 370 should stop immediately as these can have serious repercussions in J&K besides having the potential of spoiling the atmosphere of inclusiveness and peace that the inauguration of the new government at the center apparently aimed at achieving. She said on the one hand the Prime Minister spoke of inclusiveness and on the other a minister in his own office seeks to disrupt the effort at reconciliation by speaking out of turn on an issue that sends out highly negative signals to country’s only Muslim majority state.

The PDP president said Dr Singh should realise that this country is run under a constitution that is not subject to political priorities of any party and that the mandate to

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