Hitting back at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for advocating repeal of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, PDP president MehboobaMufti said on Saturday that the relationship between the Union and the state would be over if Article 370 of the Constitution is revoked.
"Jaitley must understand this. It is not an easy thingto say. If you scrap (Article) 370, your relation with J&K will beover," Mehbooba told party workers at her residence here.
Jaitley had on Thursday advocated repeal of Jammu andKashmir's special status and said Article 35A, which restricts non-permanentresidents from buying property in Jammu and Kashmir, is "constitutionallyvulnerable" and also hampering economic development of the state.
Mehbooba said Article 370 was a bridge between the Union andthe state and if the special provision of the Constitution was revoked, thenNew Delhi would have to "renegotiate" its relationship with Jammu andKashmir.
The former chief minister has said in case Article 370 isrevoked, Jammu and Kashmir will have to rethink whether it wants to stay withIndia.
"Because if you have given us a special position in theConstitution of India and you break that position, then we will have to rethinkwhether we would even want to stay with you without conditions," she said.
Earlier, National Conference leader Mohammad Abdullah Waniand AwamiInsaf Party chief Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh Saloora joined the PDP, alongwith their supporters.
Wani and Saloora were welcomed into the party fold by Mehbooba and party patron Muzaffar Hussain Beigh.