Today, the Congress repeated its claim that it will not allow anyone to revoke Article 370 and stated any such attempt will be considered as a direct attack on the constitution of India. The matter is the center of debate during the election season. The constitution provision aims to provide special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the declaration of BJP to remove Article 370 may cause serious consequences. “BJP says that they will remove Article 370. It’s an attempt to tamper with the constitution of India. Only a dictator can tamper with the constitution of India. BJP must understand that this provision of the constitution has connected Kashmir with the rest of the country and they should know the consequences if Article 370 is removed,” said Mr. Azad.

“I would like to assure people of Kashmir that as long as Congress is alive, we will not allow Article 370 to be taken out of the constitution,” the Congress leader added. Mr. Azad is the first senior leader of any national party and campaigner in the South Kashmir constituency. In the South Kashmir, the polling is scheduled to be in three phases for one parliament constituency which is considered to be the first time in Indian history.

“This explains incapability of present government at the national level. Things have gone bad to worse under BJP rule in Kashmir,” said Mr. Azad. He said that as Chief Minister of the state, he had declared South Kashmir as terrorism-free in 2007. “Also when Omar Abdullah was Chief Minister till 2014, militancy was a thing of past,” he said.

According to him, the BJP is trying to cause communal polarisation for votes. “It’s exactly like what the British were doing. Dividing society and making people fight against each other,” he said.

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