BJP committed to follow AoA: Dy CM

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Opposition parties trying to politicize issue: MoS PMO

BJP committed to follow AoA: Dy CM

Syed Amjad Shah

Jammu, Aug 12:

Ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Saturday favoured status quo on Article 35-A, which grants special privileges to residents of the State, with Deputy Chief Minister saying the saffron party was committed to follow the Agenda of Alliance (AoA).
“BJP as a party has different stand but being in coalition government, we will follow the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) in which we have decided to maintain status quo on constitutional issues including Article 35-A,” senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told reporters, here, before the start of party’s core group meeting.
He said the matter was sub-judice as some people have approached the Supreme Court on Article 35-A.
“Let us wait for the verdict,” Singh said.
He, however, was quick to add that as far as PDP-BJP alliance was concerned, they are bound by the AoA and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also cleared that status quo would be maintained.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister had a meeting to discuss the issue (Article 35-A), he said.
“Before forming the coalition government, we had discussion for three months on all such contentious issues,” Singh said adding opposition parties like National Conference and Congress were trying to politicize the situation.
He said both opposition parties are over reacting on Article 35-A.
The DyCM defended raids of NIA and said the agency has been working under law.
He said that Government of India (GoI) and the State government have adopted ‘zero tolerance’ towards Hurriyat and militants.
Meanwhile, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh said J&K Government was running smoothly.
“After recent meeting between CM and PM, there was nothing left to discuss on the issue,” he said.
Singh said opposition parties think that they will get a chance before elections to form government but it would not happen.
“You know our point of view. Both ruling parties should focus on good governance, and developmental issues and redress grievances of people. The opposition parties are trying to politicize the issue because they are out of power,” he said.
The BJP called the core group meeting to discuss the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where opposition parties, separatists, traders, civil society members and lawyers have resented any move to abrogate Article 35-A.
A senior BJP leader, pleading anonymity, said since the coalition government was running smoothly, they have been directed not to speak in public.
“However, we want that State’s special status must go for its complete integration with India,” he said.
He said the core group meeting was pre-planned and had nothing to do with the ongoing issue of 35A.
“There is no danger to the coalition Government. Central leadership is backing the Mehbooba-led coalition. There is a bit difference on 35A. However, we will not speak against this issue in public,” he added.



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