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'CM's conduct on state's accession unlawful'

india Updated: Oct 25, 2013 18:47 IST
HT Correspondent

Taking a dig at chief minister Omar Abdullah for his frequent rhetoric over Jammu and Kashmir's accession and not merger with the Union of India, Bharatiya Janata Party national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi has lashed out at his conduct, terming it unlawful and unconstitutional that may lead to his lawful expulsion from the membership as MLA of J&K.

Article 3 and 5 of the J&K constitution clearly upholds the state's inalienability and full integrity with the Union of India, which is unlawfully challenged by the state politicians, Lekhi said, charging the National Conference with raking up the non-issue often in the assembly with no resistance coming in from any quarters.

"People of Jammu and Kashmir should file a petition against such politicians before the speaker, demanding their expulsion from the state polity," the BJP spokesperson said, adding that as per the provisions under Article 147 of the state constitution, amendments -- except in Article 3 and 5 -- can be affected which clearly state that J&K is, and shall remain an integral part of the Union of India.

Expressing her views on the accession day being observed on Saturday, Lekhi said the state's accession with the rest of the country is full and final and even constitutionally it is not questionable. Anyone entertaining any doubt in this regard is advised to study Sections 3, 5 and 147 of the J&K constitution.

She was speaking at a seminar "Accession of J&K state with Union of India and its Martyrs" organised by Universal Foundation on Friday.

Later, addressing the media at the BJP headquarters, Lekhi referred to continuous firing by Pakistan on the J&K border as the result of the weak policy of Congress-led UPA government, which has failed to give a firm response on the issue.

She said, "It has been going on for a long time and has become a routine for Pakistani forces to intrude in our territory, decapitate our jawans or kill them through ambush or attack them, indulge in unprovoked firing, violate ceasefire and push terrorists into our territory, but UPA's weak and fragile governance has failed to contain the aggression."

Lashing out at Congress national vice-president Rahul Gandhi, she said the Congress should explain how intelligence bureau (IB) is reporting to Rahul, who himself has publicly disclosed it.

Rahul's statement that Pakistan's ISI is working hand-in-glove with certain elements in India also calls for an inquiry. She also criticised Rahul for repeatedly referring to the assassination of his grandmother and father to evoke sympathy from the public. "He should instead devote time to people to explain UPA's plans for development of the country," Lekhi said.