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BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain calls for scrapping Article 370

IANS | Last Updated: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 00:06

Kolkata: BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain Sunday called for the scrapping of article 370 of the constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at a programme marking the 113th birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh - the precursor to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Hussain said while he had the right to buy land in Kolkata, he could not do that in Kashmir.
"I`m a Muslim. But I don`t have the right to build a house in Kashmir," he said.

Arguing that such rights could not be divided on religious considerations, Hussain said one should not see vital issues through a Hindu-Muslim lens.

"Those Muslims, who refused to leave India during the partition, now are proud of their decision. They don`t have to live in fear of drone attacks, which happens in Pakistan".
Attacking West Bengal`s Trinamool Congress government, Hussain said: "There is neither law, nor order in the state."

Exuding confidence of the BJP forming the government in the state after the 2016 assembly polls, he said: "We have emerged victorious over Lal Qila in Delhi. Now, it won`t take us long to take over Writer`s Buildings (Bengal`s permanent state secretariat - now under renovation) in Kolkata."

First Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 00:06
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