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CPI asks Centre to spell out action plan in Jammu and Kashmir

The CPI asserted that Jammu and Kashmir was not just about law and order situation. Claiming that the state is facing a major political issue, the CPI asked the Centre to spell out its action plan for the state. Earlier on Friday, Shah had said Article 370 of the Constitution, which provided for special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was "temporary in nature" and "not permanent".

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New Delhi Published on: July 01, 2019 7:15 IST
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CPI asks Centre to spell out action plan in Jammu and Kashmir

The Communist Party of India (CPI) Sunday asked the NDA government at the Centre to spell out what exactly it wanted to do in Jammu and Kashmir. The CPI further asserted that the state was not just related to law and order or security. Accusing the BJP of "forcing" the regional parties to toe its line, CPI national secretary D Raja claimed that the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha was "compelled" to support the saffron party.

Talking to reporters, he said, "We have seen Union Home Minister Amit Shah giving a highly-provocative speech on Jammu and Kashmir in the Lok Sabha. The present government should spell out what exactly it wants to do in Jammu and Kashmir."

Shah had said on Friday that Article 370 of the Constitution, which provided for special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was "temporary in nature" and "not permanent".

The issue in Jammu and Kashmir was not just related to the law and order situation, Raja said. 

"It is a political issue and it should have a political solution. There is no such effort in this regard," he said.

Rajnath Singh, the Union home minister before Shah, had taken a political delegation to Jammu and Kashmir, which had proposed to the government to engage all the stakeholders and political parties for a solution in this regard, the CPI veteran said.

"The government should take the political parties into confidence. That is not being done. He (Shah) questions Article 370. Therefore, it is not clear what exactly the present government thinks of Jammu and Kashmir," Raja added.

He further opposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'One Nation, One Election' theory and said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was in favour of such a move.

"We are not opposing it for the sake of opposition. ONOE is unrealistic, unconstitutional and anti-federal in nature. One has to change the present Constitution in order to adopt ONOE," Raja said.

It was an attempt pave the way for a presidential form of government in the country, he alleged, adding that the theory was rejected by Babasaheb Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution.

The CPI leader also sought a clarification from the Centre as to why did it not hold the Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, where the Governor's rule was in force currently.

Assembly elections were due in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand this year, he pointed out, wondering how the ONOE theory could be implemented during these polls.

"With a vast majority in the Lok Sabha, they (BJP-led NDA) allow all divisive forces to go ahead and do whatever they want to do. The situation is going to be worse in the coming days," Raja said.

Terming mob-lynching as a "major problem", he said the prime minister should condemn it publicly.

The Left leader also claimed that the BJD was "compelled" to support the saffron party.

He accused the ruling BJP of "deliberately utilising" probe agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against rival parties.

"The nexus between the BJD and the BJP has been exposed after the 2019 general election. During the polls, they were helping each other and they are doing it even after the polls," Raja said, adding, "The BJD is supporting the BJP under pressure."

Denying the charge, Odisha BJP vice-president Samir Mohanty said the people of the country had rejected the Left parties.

"The CPI's statement shows its political bankruptcy," he said.

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