Free Press Journal

Art 370 row: Cong accuses BJP of trying to polarise upcoming Assembly polls


New Delhi: Alleging political motive behind remarks of BJP minister Jitendra Singh favouring a debate on Article 370, Congress today alleged this is “not a flip flop” but a “carefully orchestrated attempt” at polarizing upcoming Assembly elections in states.

The party also echoed Jammu and Kashmir Chief  Minister Omar Abdullah’s view that Article 370 that provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir simply “cannot be repealed”.

Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh on Tuesday stoked a controversy on Article 370 by seeking a debate.

Singh, however, later clarified that he was “misquoted” on the issue.

Rejecting the clarification, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said that with these remarks it is clear that “so-called development talk” by BJP during elections was all “rhetoric and camouflage” only till the elections were on.

“Barely a day after taking oath, we have diverse, divisive agendas nakedly out in the front. It is a day of entering the office and the first priority which the BJP-led government could think of is Article 370.

“According to us, each and every comment and statement is deliberate, thought out, orchestrated and intended to politicize and polarize,” Singhvi said.

He said that such “tactics” are unfortunately being used to “inflame” passions even though it is clear that it is “not politically possible, numerically feasible and constitutionally correct.

“They are being thrown to confuse, confound and create the polarization and the politicization. We condemn it unequivocally and roundly. This is not a flip flop flip. It is a carefully orchestrated attempt to politicize and polarize not only in Jammu and Kashmir but across the country.

“It is intended to be inflammatory, divisive, and provocative and most important the BJP knows that they cannot do it. The BJP knows that they do not have the numbers and the mandate, but it is thrown in with a view to state elections.

It is thrown in with a view to divide and inflame the electorate… on a pan-India basis,” Singhvi alleged.