Just three days before the Lok Sabha elections of India, the first phase is set to begin, BJP launched its election manifesto at its New Delhi Headquarter earlier today.
The BJP manifesto declares ‘Nation First’ and makes a range of promises regarding ”Zero tolerance approach to Terrorism’, welfare of soldiers, action against left-wing extremism, the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the Article 370 and 35-A pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir”.
BJP in its Manifesto says: We are committed to abrogation of Article 370 and annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu & Kashmir. 35A is obstacle in the development.
On the other hand, three-time chief
minister of Jammu and Kashmir and president of National Conference (NC) Farooq
Abdullah has said “Abrogation of Article 370 will pave way for ‘Azadi’. Do they
(New Delhi) think that they will abrogate Article 370 and we will be quiet?
They are wrong. We will fight against it”
The debate over the abrogation of the Article
370 has turned into a major controversy in the state following a bunch of PILs
in the Supreme Court.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which released its election manifesto today, also reiterated its stand about the abrogation of the Article 370 and 35A that provide special status to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.