BJP dilutes stand; says no to abrogation of Art 370

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JAMMU: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been ruling both the Centre as well as State, the latter in alliance with People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has diluted its stand on abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which grants special Status to Jammu and Kashmir, by giving a statement in the Parliament today that there was no proposal currently to scrap the Article.
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha today, in response to a written question tabled by BJP Lok Sabha member from Karnal (Haryana), Ashwini Kumar that “there is currently no proposal to scrap Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Ashwini Kumar had asked whether the Government was committed to scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution.
“There is currently no such proposal under consideration of the Government,” Ahir said in his one-line reply in the Lok Sabha.
Ever since its formation, the BJP had always made abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, as part of its election manifestoes, both at the Centre as well as State elections. All its top leaders had repeatedly been batting for scrapping the Article.
However, the ruling party chose to take U-turn on the scrapping of Article 370 while giving reply to the question of its own party MP.
According to sources, the BJP after entering into an alliance with the PDP had decided to keep some of the “controversial issues” on the backburner and adopted Agenda of Alliance.
Replying to another question in Lok Sabha, Ahir said the Government of India has taken into account the recommendations of an Expert Committee to explore other possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons.