April 2019 News

If Article 370 Is Bad Then Leave J&K: Mehbooba Mufti To PM Modi

27 April 2019
India Today

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 'Article 370 has done maximum damage to J&K' remark, saying that 'if Article 370 is so bad then leave the state'. Speaking to the media, Mehbooba Mufti said, 'If the prime minister believes that our relationship has a foundation without Article 370 then leave Kashmir. If he thinks Kashmir is staring at bankruptcy then leave Kashmir. Why does he want to take the burden of this bankruptcy?' Mehbooba Mufti: Agar PM ko lagta hai ki Kashmir khasare mein hai toh phir woh iss khasare ko chhor dein.Agar unko lagta hai ki 370 ke binah par humare rishte ki buniyaad hai...Kashmir ko chhor dein,ab woh kasie chorna chahte hain...kyun khasara mol lena chahte hain itne saalon se pic.twitter.com-4DI6Q2aK6O ANI (@ANI) April 27, 2019 In an interview to Aaj Tak, PM Modi had said that Article 370 and 35A have done maximum damage to Jammu and Kashmir and only former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's formula of 'Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat' will work in Jammu and Kashmir. 'We set up AIIMS and IIM in Kashmir but top professors are not ready to go there because they can't buy property there. The rents there are very high. There is no investment in J&K because investors feel they won't get land there.' PM Modi also said that 'Kashmir is staring at bankruptcy'. He said, 'Terrorists have finished tourism in the state. There is no investment because of Articles 370 and 35A. Now, people in Kashmir feel there is a need for change.' On being asked about the BJP's promise of removing Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, Modi said that people who talk of secession have no right to fight elections. 'J&K has been part of India for thousands of years. Questions should be asked to those who talk about secession.' Earlier, Mehbooba Mufti had accused the Congress and the National Conference (NC) of weakening Article 370 that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The PDP president said it was her party that saved article 370 and 35A during the two years she ruled the state in coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party.