Omar said that Article 370 was the ‘only Constitutional link’ between the state and the rest of the country. Article 370 (JPN/Agencies)
"Mark my words and save this tweet - long after Modi Govt is a distant memory either J&K won't be part of India or Art 370 will still exist,” Omar said on Twitter.
"So the new MoS PMO says process/discussions to revoke Article 370 have started. Wow, that was a quick beginning. Not sure who is talking," he said in another tweet.
Meanwhile, the PDP said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership should rein in Jitendra Singh before his utterances about revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution cause serious damage.
“Singh should realise that his newly-acquired position as a junior minister comes with some responsibilities and the PM should intervene to discipline him. The PMO must clarify the statement to reassure the people of J&K that no mischief is on its way,” PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti said in a statement.
“The PM should tell his ministers not to have their foot in mouth and not speak out of turn. If the BJP believes in revoking Article 370, the PDP would be the first to react,” she added.
Jitendra Singh, who was elected from Udhampur Lok Sabha seat, earlier on Monday said that efforts will be made to ‘convince’ the ‘unconvinced’ on abrogation of Article 370 by holding contact programmes with every section of society in Jammu and Kashmir.
"We have succeeded in convincing some of them on repealing Article 370," he said after taking over as MoS for State for Department of Personnel and Training.
He added that the BJP was working ‘very professionally’ on this issue and has been calling meetings in the Kashmir Valley.
Jitendra Singh, however, issued a clarification later and said that his remark was ‘misinterpreted’ and ‘misquoted’.
"I seek to clarify that the reports in the media about my statement on Article 370 are misquoted. I have never said anything quoting the Prime Minister. The controversy is totally baseless," he said.
Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is a temporary provision which grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. Under Part XXI of the Constitution of India, which deals with ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special provisions’, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has been accorded special status under Article 370.
This article specifies that except for Defence, Foreign Affairs, Finance and Communications, (matters specified in the instrument of accession), the Parliament needs the state government's concurrence for applying all other laws.
Thus, the state's residents lived under a separate set of laws, including those related to citizenship, ownership of property, and fundamental rights, as compared to other Indians.
Omar said that Article 370 was the ‘only Constitutional link’ between the state and the rest of the country.