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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A view of the Indian Supreme Court building is seen in New DelhiThe apex court will hear a petition filed by an NGO last year against Article 370 today. The Centre and the State will be putting forth their responses to the PIL that challenges Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.

Article 370 grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, and Article 35A allows the state of Jammu and Kashmir to grant special privileges and rights to permanent residents.

The ruling parties in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Peoples Democratic Party, have contradictory views regarding the issue. While the BJP wants to abolish Article 370, depriving the state of its special status, the PDP wants to retain it.

The repealing of Article 370 can only be done with an amendment in the Constitution, which would require a two-third majority in the Parliament. The BJP, when it was in the opposition, had promised to abolish this legal provision.

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)