Union Home MInister Rajnath Singh addressing a public rally at Suchetgarh in J and K
Union Home MInister Rajnath Singh addressing a public rally at Suchetgarh in J and K

No option but to scrap Article 370 & 35A in backdrop of demand for PM in J-K: Rajnath Singh

ANI | Updated: Apr 08, 2019 22:30 IST

Suchetgarh (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], April 8 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the government will  have no option other than to do away with Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, related to special status for Jammu and Kashmir if there is a demand for a separate Prime Minister for the state.
“I want to say it very clearly, if the demand of two Prime Minister is raised, then we are left with no other option except than to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A,” said Rajnath Singh addressing a rally here hours after he participated in the release of BJP’s election manifesto in New Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls 2019.
Singh asked the Congress and leaders of political parties to clear their stance on such demands.
“Those who have led Jammu and Kashmir as chief minister for a long time, they say that Jammu and Kashmir should have a different Prime Minister. I want to ask Congress, I want to ask leaders of all political parties, what’s your view on the statement of that person? What you have to say? Whether you also want there should be two Prime Minister in India,” asks Rajnath Singh.
BJP on Monday released its manifesto, reiterating its demand for abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution which are provisions specific to Jammu and Kashmir.
It also said that the party will make efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits to the state
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had in a speech more than a week ago in Kashmir's Bandipora pitched for the revival of the posts of Prime Minister and President for Jammu and Kashmir.
 Abdullah had said, "Rest of the princely states merged with the country without condition but we had said that we will have our own identity, our own Constitution. We had our own 'Sadr-e-Riyasat' (President) and 'Wazir-e-Azam' (Prime Minister) too. By God's grace, we will bring that back."
Article 370 grants special autonomous status to J and K, while Article 35A, incorporated into the Constitution in 1954, provides special rights and privileges to the citizens of the state. (ANI)