Patna, Jun 28: A day after Bihar deputy CM and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi made an appeal to all those political parties which traditionally maintain soft attitude on Article 370 to reconsider their stand on the issue; JD(U) chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Friday said his party’s stand on Article 370 is very clear and there is no need of reiterating it.
“Our party’s stand on this issue (Article 370) is very clear and known to everyone. There is no need of repeating it,”
Nitish said when a scribe sought his reaction on Sushil Modi’s appeal. The CM was interacting with media persons at his chamber in the state assembly premises.
Earlier on Thursday, Sushil Kumar Modi had said when the union government in the recent Lok Sabha election got a mandate for abrogating Article 370 from Kashmir and taking tough stand against separatist forces, then all those political parties which traditionally maintains soft attitude on these issues, should reconsider their stand.
Though Modi, in his appeal, did not take name of any political party.
JD(U) is a crucial ally of BJP in Bihar. Nitish’s party JD(U) had time and again made it clear before the media that it was against the abrogating the Constitution’s Article 370 that gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The JD(U)’s stand on Article 370 and uniform civil code is well known to everyone. The JD(U) wants that all the stakeholders should be consulted before taking any final decision on these issue. The party president Nitish Kumar had also written a letter to the Law Commission chairman Justice B S Chauhan in this regard,” JD(U) national secretary general K C Tyagi had told reporters here on June 9 this year.
Besides making a promise to abrogate Article 370 in its manifesto, the BJP chief Amit Shah, who is now the Union Home Minister, in his election meetings had categorically said that Article 370 would be abrogated if the saffron party came to power on its own.