New Delhi: As politicians from Jammu and Kashmir have reached New Delhi and are scheduled to participate in Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi led All Party Meet today, sections of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological fount, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), are unhappy over the talks on Jammu and Kashmir being held under the shadow regional parties sticking to their demand for the restoration of the Article 370.
This is the first such meeting after Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its statehood and semi-autonomous status and divided into two union territories- JK and Lakdakh.
As per a report published in Hindustan Times, the timing of the meeting has raised eyebrows in the party and the Sangh. The report quoting sources aware of the matter, said that it is felt the GoI after opting for a muscular Kashmir policy seems to have climbed down from its position of not engaging with parties if they seek the restoration of Article 370. The Article gave the erstwhile state a special status and Article 35 (A) defined domicile rules.
“Abrogation of Article 370 was a long-standing demand of the Sangh and the BJP. There is a section of people who feel that by inviting PDP and other parties that have a hardline view about issues such as reimposition of Article 370 and engagement with Pakistan, the government is following the policies of the (previous) Congress government,” the report quoted a party functionary as saying.
Bifurcation of the state into two union territories and abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 (A) tops the list of the Modi government’s achievements, the report said.
The regional parties have been critical of the decision and have been unambiguous in demanding the restoration of the status quo ante.