No PM can revoke J&K's special status, Omar Abdullah says

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    LONDON: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has said no Prime Minister can revoke Article 370 of the Constitution granting special status to the state "without calling into question" its accession to India.

    Dismissing a question on whether he was worried at the prospect of BJP's Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister, Omar said, "it does not matter whether he is the Prime Minister or the President or (holds) any other position.

    "Constitutionally, he cannot revoke Article 370 without calling into question the accession of J&K to India. Now as Prime Minister of India, if he wants to rewrite accession to India, he is welcome to it. But I do not think any Prime Minister would be as foolhardy as that," he said.

    Omar was answering questions during BBC's 'Hard Talk' programme during which he more then held his ground in the face of tough questioning by its anchor Stephen Sackur who focused on the insurgency, role of the armed forces and the State's accession to India.

    The chief minister was asked about Modi's suggestion for a debate on Article 370 to which he had responded by offering to debate the BJP leader "at any time, any place".

    He said Modi had not responded to this himself but "one of his minions gave a statement that he is too busy to discuss Article 370 and, to make it worse, he is far too important to discuss it with somebody like you (Omar)".

    Sackur remarked that he would be "extraordinarily worried" because Modi could be the next Prime Minister if opinion polls were to be believed because the BJP leader favours doing away with J&K's special status. "I am not worried," Omar told him.


    No PM can revoke J&K's special status, Omar Abdullah says - The Times of India

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    BJP to generate holistic debate on Article 370 in J&K - The Times of India
    PTI | Jan 24, 2014, 11.18 PM IST

    JAMMU: Slamming the ruling elite for misusing Article 370 to the hilt, BJP in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday resolved to conduct a holistic debate on Article 370 so that it is abrogated.

    In a political resolution adopted at a meeting of the party's state unit, the BJP decided on a number of proposals, including the generating a debate on the Article and providing rights to minorities like Kashmiri Hindus, Pakistani refugees and women married to non-state subjects.

    "BJP resolves to generate holistic debate on Article 370 so that it is abrogated," the resolution said.

    "The common refrain of all these neglected communities is that the ruling elite has been misusing Article 370 to the hilt to harm their legitimate rights and interests," Prof Hari Om, political advisor to state BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma, told reporters here.

    Besides this, the BJP would work towards forcing the state to grant rights to minorities like SCs, STs, OBCs, and others, available to their counterparts in the rest of country, he said.

    Reservation of at least 3 seats out of the 46 Assembly seats in the state assembly for Kashmir Hindus & Sikhs, granting of full citizenship rights for women of the state married to non-state subjects, and their children, also for refugees from West Pakistan, granting of UT status for Ladakh were among some of the proposals adopted at the meeting.

    Om said the BJP would work "overtime" to ensure maximum number of seats for the party in the Lok Sabha elections from the state.
     
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    This guy ,Omar..goes to BBC and gives such statements challenging the integrity of India and its elected govt. Just wait and see, such anti-india elements will be silenced and ...within next 5 to 10 years, Jammu and Kashmir will be fully integrated into mainstream India. There is no reason why it should have special status..just because it's muslim majority....time to fear these types of fantical leaders is outdated. One India ...from Kasmir to KanyaKumari !
     
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    Jammu | February 01, 2014 10:00

    Not going to dilute J&K’s status by adopting all central laws: Omar Abdullah | The Indian Express

    Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said he was not going to dilute the status of Jammu & Kashmir by “automatically implementing” all central acts and amendments.

    “I am not going to dilute the status of Jammu and Kashmir by automatically implementing them (central laws and amendments),” Omar told reporters in reply to a question about the demand of his party’s ally Congress to implement the 73rd constitutional amendment on panchayati raj institutions.

    “We do not need to take on board automatically all those amendments which are made in New Delhi without considering which are beneficial to us or not,” he said, “We have always maintain that one of the advantage Jammu and Kashmir has is that we have our own constitution.”

    The Congress leadership, including party vice president Rahul Gandhi and Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, has been strongly batting for implementation of the 73rd amendment in Jammu and Kashmir. Even Youth Congress activists had held demonstrations against the Chief Minister in the past.

    Omar, however, today said, “They are not being unreasonable. They are not saying that you have to make the 73rd amendment applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.”

    “They are saying that you modify the Panchayati Raj Act to bring those provisions in the 73rd amendment beneficial to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in which NC has actually no objection,” the Chief Minister said.

    “We are convinced about the provisions of the 73rd amendment which is beneficial for the state. We have already included some provisions like finance commission and election commission,” he said.

    “The bill in this direction is ready. It will be brought in the next cabinet meeting before the Assembly session. In the Assembly, these amendments will be passed and it will further strengthen the Panchayati Raj System in the state,” he added.
     
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    Omar Abdullah should also consider the fate Kashmiri Hindus faced and should support them so that they can return to their homes.
     
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    Kashmiri Pandits should not be neglected and they should be allowed to return back to their homes. Leaders should remember this that sovereignty is not just land but even the people who are part of that land irrespective of their religion.
     
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