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Article 370: RSS leader says Kashmir isn't Omar's 'parental estate'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 28, 2014
First Published: 10:33 IST(28/5/2014) | Last Updated: 11:49 IST(28/5/2014)

RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav on Wednesday targeted Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah over his reaction on minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh's claim that the process to repeal Article 370 had begun.

Singh had told a private news channel that the process of repealing Article 370 has started and the Central government is speaking to stakeholders.

"J&K won't b part of India? Is Omar thinking its his parental estate? 370 or no 370 J&K has been n will always b an integral part of India," Madhav posted on Twitter.

Singh's remark had drawn sharp reactions with Abdullah saying that Article 370 was the only constitutional link between the state and rest of India.

“Long after Modi government is a distant memory, either J&K won’t be part of India or Art 370 will still exist,” Abdullah had tweeted.

Singh himself issued a clarification that said, “The reports in the media about my statement on Article 370 are misquoted. I have never said anything quoting the honourable PM. The controversy is totally baseless.”

Abdullah also said that Article 370 cannot be ‘legally revoked and no government at the Centre can do it’.

“Article 370 has been ratified by a constitutional committee of the state which no longer exists. To revoke it, one needs to recall the constitutional committee that cannot be done without questioning Kashmir’s accession to India. Is the BJP ready to do that?” Omar told HT.


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