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Congress asks SAD to clear its stand on Article 370

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 29, 2014
First Published: 10:07 IST(29/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:12 IST(29/5/2014)

Taking a cue from the BJP’s minister of state in the Prime Minister Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh, the Punjab unit of the Congress on Wednesday asked the Shiromani Akali Dal to clarify its stand on Article 370 that grant special status to J&K.

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“The Congress would like to know the political stance of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his party, the SAD, on the issue as the Akali party has always been vociferous votaries of a federal structure with more powers to the states of India, which finds special mention in the Anandpur Sahib Resolution as well,” Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Khaira said in a statement issued here.

“Any ambiguity, suspense or dichotomy on this issue by Badal would only mean that he supports abrogation of Article 370 and that his oft-repeated demand of more powers to the states is nothing but political gimmickry,” Khaira added.

“Now again, under a well-planned conspiracy, a minister in the PMO has sought a debate on this critical and sensitive political issue, knowing well its devastating implications,” the statement read further.

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