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Hear What Abrogation Of Article 370 Evokes Political Reactions In Odisha


05 August 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the historic decision taken by PM Modi-led NDA Government today by introducing a resolution in the Rajya Sabha for abrogation of the contentious Article 370 and its vital part 35A accorded to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) with due seal of approval from President of India, it evoked political reactions in Odisha on the very day.

While BJP obviously supports the move and BJD has categorically supported the resolution moved by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress has vehemently opposed it as has been evident in both the Upper House (Rajya Sabha) and Lower House (Lok Sabha) today.

In his media reactions, senior BJP MLA-cum-Odisha Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik said, “Hon’ble Narendra Modi has vowed for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash’. No one should avail more priority. Hence, all should reap the same justice. In comparison to the aid granted to other States for development and also provisions for the Union Territories, Article 370 was different. Hence, there shouldn’t be various rules in a single nation.”

He argued, “Under the 370, maximum amount was being spent there (Jammu & Kashmir). Despite that, tension stayed put there. There was a need for a check there on this exercise and environment. By the bifurcation, entire India will now live in peace. Nehru couldn’t solve that problem. The same state of war continued till date. Whoever wished started demanding our part and parcel (Kashmir) of India. It’s an integral part of India. It should remain like that forever.”

“As the Union Home Minister has solved the problem today, I would like to thank him. This step will benefit whole India,” he remarked.

Earlier in the day, senior BJD Rajya Sabha Member Prasanna Acharya in his statement in the Upper House has already announced his party’s support to the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A in context of Jammu & Kashmir, including Ladakh.

In his statement in the Rajya Sabha, the BJD parliamentarian has stated, ““When an Indian is unable to purchase or own land in Jammu and Kashmir, how could we claim that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. I would like to thank the Home Minister as Jammu and Kashmir became in real term an integral part of India today only, today only.”

He has also stated, “So, Sir (Speaker in the Chair), I support this resolution. My party the Biju Janata Dal supports this resolution. We are a regional party. But, for us nation is first. Integrity, safety and security of India is first. We are a regional party. We have our regional aspirations. But for us, our motherland, Bharat Mata is top most. Therefore Sir, I support this resolution.”

On the contrary, senior Congress MLA Narasingha Mishra reacted, “Abrogation of special status to Jammu & Kashmir is unfortunate. When Jammu & Kashmir had accession to our nation, the pact signed at that time has been violated now. It doesn’t augur well for the nation and its security. Certainly tense situation is being apprehended. I can’t accept the step taken by the Centre.”

He explained, “When India got independence, the State of Jammu and Kashmir wasn’t a part of India. Similarly, no princely States were part of India. They had sovereignty. For this reason, Sardar Patel had taken a step. He had invited the rulers of the various princely States and had signed a pact with them for merger with India. The Raja of Kashmir had entered into an agreement with the Government of India later on. As per the agreement, this 370 and 35A had been incorporated in Constitution.”       

“If the agreement is breached, one should deeply analyse the repercussions. Without doing that, without taking the Opposition and the people of Kashmir into confidence as well as keeping the political leaders of Kashmir under house arrest, implementing such an act is not good for a democracy,” the senior Congress leader fumed.

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Pradipta Kumar Naik, Leader of Opposition, Odisha

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Narasingha Mishra, Senior Congress MLA, Odisha