"The special status (of Jammu and Kashmir), which has been eroded (in the past), cannot be further eroded. You (BJP and PDP) cannot scrap Article 370 from the state of Jammu and Kashmir", Omar asserted Legislative Assembly here on Thursday.

Omar, speaking on the motion of Thanks on the Governor's address, referred to the government speech on the issue of special status of Jammu and Kashmir and said, "As if you have got some gift from BJP by their silence on Article 370. It is not accepted to us. It (silence of Article 370) is their compulsion."

But silence on Article 370 was what? Even the then Prime Minister Atal Ji were silent on it. Even if they had not been in alliance with them, still they had to be silent on Article 370. They (BJP) could not scrap article 370, Omar said.

Daring the Mufti Sayeed government to take a cabinet decision and revoke AFSPA in the state, Omar added, "If (the erstwhile) Farooq Abduallh government took a cabinet decision, forward it to the Governor who approved it and AFSPA was implemented. You have numbers and support of BJP to reverse the process and start removing AFSPA from some areas."

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