BJP to generate holistic debate on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir

Last Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 23:56

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 three seats out of the 46 Assembly seats in the state Assembly for Kashmir Hindus and 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.

PTI

First Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 23:56

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