Repeating the stand of Modi during his rally in December last year, Singh, a first time Parliament Member and a surprise choice as Minister of State in the PMO, said, “His (Modi's) intention and that of the government is that we have a debate so that we can convince the unconvinced about the disadvantages of Article 370.”

"If we do not have debate and discussion how would you be able to tell those who have been unable to understand what they have been deprived of on account of Article 370," he said after taking over as Minister of State in-charge of Department of Personnel and Training, which has administrative control over the CBI.

57-year-old Singh said Article 370 was more of a psychological barrier than a physical one and added that Modi-led government was open to debate with all stakeholders, including youths, pros and cons of retaining or withdrawing the Article.

Singh said Modi supports debate on Article 370 keeping in mind democratic values.

"The Prime Minister had said we want to have a debate. This does not mean that we want to have a debate because certain section of media interpreted that Prime Minister deviated from its stand. It's not so. He said so with respect to the highest values of democratic system,” he said

Singh, a doctor by profession, noted that BJP has won half of the six Lok Sabha seats from Jammu and Kashmir.

"You see BJP has won half of the seats in Parliament from J and K.
While BJP won three seats, PDP bagged the remaining three,” said Singh.

"If you take voter account, we have more that 50 percent vote share,” he added.


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