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Time to reflect on Article 370: Union Minister Hansraj Ahir

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Kolkata: Union Minister Hansraj Ahir on Monday said it was time to reflect on the continuance of the constitution’s article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at an event to mark the 115th birth anniversary of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, he said it was time to “free Kashmir” and “make it a part of India without any limitations”.

“It was because of Mookerjee’s sacrifice that Kashmir is an integral part of India. But time now has come for us to reflect on how long article 370 will continue to be in force,” said Ahir, the minister of state for chemicals and fertilizers.

“It’s high time to decide how long our constitution and other laws will continue to be not applicable in Kashmir.

“It’s time for us to make it a part of the country as rest of the states are. We need to draw inspiration from Mookerjee and resolve to make Kashmir an integral part without any kind of limitations,” said Ahir, who is also a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. (IANS)

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No proposal to scrap Article 370: Centre

The Central government has no proposal to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir

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The Central government has no proposal to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution: Hansraj Gangaram Ahir

The Central government has no proposal to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on Tuesday.

Responding to a written question in the Lok Sabha, Ahir said: “There is currently no such proposal under consideration of the government.”

Any new law initiated by the government should be in accordance with the constitution. Wikimedia Commons
No plan to scrap article 370. Wikimedia Commons

The article, added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, accords special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and empowers its legislature to frame any law without attracting a legal challenge.

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The provision prohibits all Indians — except people from Jammu and Kashmir — from purchasing immovable property in the state, getting government jobs and availing state-sponsored scholarship schemes. IANS

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