Will scrap Article 370 if we have majority in Parliament: Sambit Patra
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will abrogate Article 370, which guarantees a special constitutional status for Jammu and Kashmir, when it gets two-third majority in Parliament, the party’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference in Jammu on Sunday.
“Abrogating Article 370 remains our core ideological concern. But, it can’t be abrogated unless the BJP gets two-third majority in Parliament. We have not put it on the back burner,” he said.
Patra is the second BJP leader after Union minister for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore to have spoken about the abrogation of Article 370 in recent days.
Patra said there were ideological differences with coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but the parties were working together to ensure development, so some controversies were bound to arise.
Referring to defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent statement on neutralising terrorists with terrorists, Patra said, “It was a strategic statement from the defence minister. These are internal matters of the defence ministry, upon which I would not like to comment.”
He, however, said Parrikar’s statement indicated a tough stand against terrorists.
“Pakistan is a failed state and is now synonymous with terrorism. India will respond with bombs if bullets are fired,” he said.