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No PM can revoke J-K's special status: Omar Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah told BBC no Prime Minister can revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to the state “without calling into question” its accession to India.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2014 19:47 IST

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah told BBC no Prime Minister can revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to the state “without calling into question” its accession to India.

Dismissing a question on whether he was worried at the prospect of BJP’s Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister, Omar said, “It does not matter whether he is the Prime Minister or the President or (holds) any other position. Constitutionally, he cannot revoke Article 370 without calling into question the accession of J&K to India. Now as Prime Minister of India, if he wants to rewrite accession to India, he is welcome to it. But I do not think any Prime Minister would be as foolhardy as that,” he said.

The chief minister was asked about Modi’s suggestion for a debate on Article 370. To this, he said he offered to take up a debate with the BJP leader “at any time, any place”.

Abdullah said Modi had not responded to this himself but “one of his minions gave a statement that he is too busy to discuss Article 370 and, to make it worse, he is far too more important to discuss it with somebody like you (Omar)”.

The J&K CM said he was not worried about the possibility of Modi becoming the PM.