Repealing article 370 after consultation with all stakeholders was one of the promises made by the BJP in its election manifesto.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, meanwhile, said the state will not be a part of India if article 370 is repealed.
“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,” Abdullah said in a tweet. “Mark my words and save this tweet - long after Modi government is a distant memory either J&K won’t be part of India or article 370 will still exist,” he said. “Article 370 is the only constitutional link between J&K and rest of India. Talk of revocation not just ill informed it’s irresponsible,” the chief minister added.
Article 370 specifies that except for defence, foreign affairs, communications and ancillary matters (matters specified in the instrument of accession), the Indian parliament needs the state government’s concurrence for applying all other laws. (IANS)