After Abdullah & Congress, now PDP takes on Narendra Modi over Art 370

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Jammu, Dec 2: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Sunday said even the Indian Parliament doesn't have the constitutional authority to review or scrap Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gives a special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sayeed said as an aspirant for the top political post in the country, Modi should build bridges to bring people together as former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had done in the past. He accused Modi of igniting controversy which have little relevance apart from reaping electoral benefits, instead.

The PDP chief said even students of constitutional history knows that Article 370 has got a permanent status after the Constituent Assembly of the state gave its approval.

NC and Congress leaders had also taken on Modi after his Jammu speech

A massive political fight broke out over the issue of Article 370 after BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said in his rally here on Sunday that the utility of the said article should be debated. His party has always been in favour of scrapping the article. Omar Abdullah, the current chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, hit out at Modi immediately after the rally, saying the latter is badly informed in his tweets. The Congress also hit back at Modi, accusing his party of taking double standards on the constitutional provision.

Sayeed also took on Modi over his remark that men and women in Jammu and Kashmir do not enjoy equal rights. Modi said that even the sister of the chief minister of the state did not enjoy equal rights like him. Sayeed said the women of Jammu and Kashmir enjoy rights equal to their male counterparts in the state. He said Modi was factually incorrect.

The PDP leader also said that Modi should correct his information by saying that the Gujjars and Bakrewals in Jammu and Kashmir were granted the Scheduled Tribe status in the early 1990s.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief Saif-ud-Din Soz on Sunday said the BJP would be committing a blunder by projecting Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate.

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