Q: WHAT IS ARTICLE 370 OF THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION ON WHICH ABDULLAH AND NARENDRA MODI ARE DEBATING?
A: ARTICLE 370 OF THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION GIVES SPECIAL STATUS TO THE STATE OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR. THEY ARE TEMPORARY, TRANSITIONAL AND SPECIAL PROVISIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE STATE OF J&K.THEY INCLUDE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF J&K TO MAKE OR CHANGE LAWS, POWERS OF JUDGES IN J&K, FUNCTIONS AND PROVISIONS OF COURTS AND PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONS. IT GIVES POWER TO THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT TO MAKE LAWS FOR THE SAID STATE LIMITED TO CERTAIN MATTERS.
Narendra Modi in his rally earlier this week in Jammu and Kashmir stated that there should be a debate on Art 370 to find out if this article has benefited the common man in Jammu and Kashmir. He further states and as quoted in The Hindu “I assure you that the BJP’s government will transform Jammu and Kashmir into the country’s super State” as although now Jammu and Kashmir is a separate state the people of that state haven’t got anything, further stating that the rights that the Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah gets, his sister doesn’t get the same rights (NDTV).
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah quashed these allegations and stated that either he (Narendra Modi) is ill informed or telling a lie and that “Our state subject laws are our own. The state subject law as it exists now is not even a post-independence product. It is a pre-independence product.” (NDTV NEWS)