Articles 370, 35A of the Constitution will be discarded by the Modi government: Thaawarchand Gehlot

RAIPUR: Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot expressed confidence on Saturday that the dream of scrapping articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution of Jan Sangh's founder, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, would be fulfilled by the Narendra Modi government.

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment spoke to reporters here after launching the BJP membership campaign, which coincided with the 118th anniversary of the birth of Mookerjee, the founder of Jan Sangh, the predecessor of the BJP.

it grants a special status and limits the power of Parliament to make laws concerning the state. Article 35A empowers the state assembly to define 'permanent residents' to grant them special rights.

Mookerjee fought against (the operation of) Articles 370 and 35A in Kashmir and wanted to abolish these articles of state. We have been making efforts to fulfill his dream since the time of Jan Sangh. But now it seems that the time has come. Gehlot, a high leader of the BJP, said.

Both issues were part of our electoral manifesto. We will succeed in fulfilling his dream by appealing these items, he added.

Asked if the party aimed to abolish the two articles within a specified period, Gehlot said, "We will be successful in abolishing these articles in the second term of Modi government. The party manifesto is for five years, but it will be done much earlier."

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