Only a few families benefiting from Article 370, 35A : Nirmala

Strongly asserting BJP’s promise in its election manifesto to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution, which are providing special privileges to Jammu and Kashmir, if BJP returns to power, Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that only a few families are benefiting from it.

Article 370 gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, whereas Article 35A allows the Jammu and Kashmir state government’s legislature to define ‘permanent resident’ status in the state.

She asserted at an event in Benguluru that people of J&K know they’re being denied benefits. Don’t know how it works but 3-4 families of J&K are prospering. Every central government gives funds, don’t see people receiving the funds. With all this isn’t there a reason to review Art 370&35A, she asked.

Earlier, Union home minister Rajnath Singh too had said that the government is left with no option but to scrap Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution as some people in Jammu and Kashmir are demanding a separate Prime Minister.

“One leader says that if the same situation continues (in Jammu and Kashmir), then there will be two Prime Ministers in India. If someone talks about two Prime Ministers, then we also have no option except to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A,” Singh told an election rally in Ranbir Singh Pura.

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