J&K’s special status becomes poll plank

J&K’s special status becomes poll plank
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Debate over Article 370 has snowballed into a major controversy ahead of Parliamentary elections. Everyone from Bharatiya Janata Party to National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference are talking about the Articles 370 and 35A, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir based parties are swearing by these Articles, while leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party seem hell bent upon revoking the Articles.
National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah has added more spice to the ongoing election campaign by stating that if his party is voted to power it would work towards bringing the posts of Sadar-e-Riyasat and Prime Minister back to the state.
Addressing an election rally in Jammu’s Udhampur district on Wednesday, the national president of Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah said that his party would never allow it even if it’s in the Opposition.
Leaders of political parties raising pitch and making J&K’s special status as the poll issue has not impressed the people at least in Kashmir. Most people believe that it’s just mere rhetoric aimed at luring voters and nothing else. Bu many people in Kashmir fear that special status of J&K could be tampered in coming years and none of the politicians, who are raising hue and cry would be able to save it.
The president of Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti has already set “2020 as the deadline for J&K’s separation” if J&K’ special status is done away with.
Such statements are not going to help anyone’s cause. If the political parties are really interested in safeguarding these Articles then they should stop indulging in rhetoric and make the people and political parties across the country understand about the benefits of J&K’s special status. Kashmir based parties have to drive home a point that J&K’s special status has not caused any harm to anyone during the past 70-years and it would not cause any harm in future also.