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Raina says Article 35-A constitutional blunder, Mir says Raina is a child
War of words between BJP, PDP escalates
8/2/2018 10:50:13 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Aug 2: Gulf between the two former coalition partners - BJP and PDP - is widening with each passing day. Both are seeking to address their own respective constituencies and both are desperately seeking to restore the ground they lost during their rule or whatever one call it because of their "unholy" alliance and their failure to deliver and provide governance.
The BJP, which till the other day was reluctant to express its views on controversial Article 35-A, on Wednesday came out with a strong statement against Article 35-A. It dismissed Article 35-A as a constitutional blunder. It was not some J&K BJP spokesperson who made this policy pronouncement. It was the newly-appointed J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina himself, who is also MLA from Nowshehra, who made this statement to clear his party's stand.
"Article 35-A is constitutional blunder incorporated in the Indian Constitution by politicians (in this case JL Nehru and Congress) with vested interests. The Article 35-A was brought in through a Presidential order (on May 14, 1954) without any discussion and the Supreme Court needs to take a call on its constitutional validity," Raina said while tearing into Kashmiri leaders for their machinations designed to create troubles in the Valley, promote further their vested interests and hurt the national interest in Kashmir.
As was expected, the PDP took no time to take on the BJP. PDP chief and former CM Mehbooba Mufti, who only on Tuesday in Jammu had said that "all will parish if Article 35-A and 370 were abolished", fielded the party's chief spokesperson Rafiq Ahmad Mir to take on Ravinder Raina, thus making it clear that the possibility of any tie up between the two in the near future was too remote.
Mir used strong language against Raina and virtually called him green-horn in politics. "BJP terming Article 35-A a constitutional blunder is childish," Mir said, adding as parliamentary elections were to be held next year, the "rightwing party feels that raising such issues will benefit them".
Mir also reiterated that the accession of J&K rested on special status granted to the J&K and warned: BJP must look at the consequences of any decision to tinker with 35-A.
It is pertinent to mention here that Ravinder Raina's statement against Article 35-A came two days after BJP national president Amit Shah pooh-poohed the claims made by certain local BJP leaders that the BJP was exploring the possibility of forming coalition government with like-minded MLAs from Kashmir".
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