Modi govt will take necessary steps for benefit of Jammu and Kashmir: Ram Madhav on Article 35A

Modi govt will take necessary steps for benefit of Jammu and Kashmir: Ram Madhav on Article 35A
BJP National General Secretary and Jammu and Kashmir Incharge Ram Madhav addresses a press conference at SKICC in Srinagar, Kashmir on July 31, 2019. Habib Naqash/GK

Evading a direct response to a question on whether theCentre had any plans to revoke the constitutional provisions giving specialstatus to Jammu and Kashmir, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said on Wednesdaythe Narendra Modi government would take necessary steps for the benefit of thestate at an appropriate time.

"The BJP's stand on it (repeal of Article 35A of theConstitution) is very clear but it is not the party which is going to decide(on the matter). The decision will be taken by the prime minister and hisgovernment, but I can assure you that whatever decision they will take, will bein the interest of the state," Madhav told reporters here.

He said the state's political parties were creating anatmosphere of fear in Kashmir by linking the movement of central armedparamilitary forces with other issues to save their political turf.

"Leaders of local regional parties are creating fearpsychosis for their political interests. Moving forces in and out of Kashmir asper the requirement of the security grid is an ongoing process. Extra forcesare brought in for Amarnath Yatra or elections, like there is going to be blocklevel elections for panchayat. But linking the movement of forces with otherissues is being done for personal interests," he said.

Article 35A of the Constitution gives powers to the state to define the state's permanent residents.

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