Bhim Singh throws challenge to BJP, NC & Congress leaders for open debate on Article 370

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Member of National Integration Council has thrown challenge to the leaders of BJP, NC and Congress to join him in an open debate from the same platform on the relevance of Article 370 in 2013. He pointed out that BJP has been exploiting the emotions of the electorates in the name of Article 370 and Ram Mandir with the sole objective to raise their vote bank. On the other hand Congress and NC have been making the full use of BJP’s provoking slogans to add votes to their kitty. This hide and seek game is being played by both sides to create communal hatred only for the sake of electoral gains.
Prof. Bhim Singh asked BJP leaders why did they forget about Article 370 when they were in power for six years. He reminded that he had taken up the issue with the then Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee seeking his intervention for introducing amendment in the temporary provisions of Article 370. On the other hand Mr. Omar Abdullah, the grandson of Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah, arch rival of BJP who said the other day in the presence of Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh in Banihal that “Article 370 shall be abrogated on his dead body.” NPP Supremo reminded Mr. Omar Abdullah what led him to sit in the lap of BJP when Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister of India. Did he know that BJP always stood for abrogation of Article 370. It shows, the NPP leaders said, that Mr. Omar Abdullah has understood that the Kashmiries do not accept his leadership and that’s why he started talking in the terms of Jamat-e-Islami.
Prof. Bhim Singh reminded the intellectuals and the historians that Article 370 was inserted in the Constitution of India in 1950 when Maharaja Hari Singh was still the king of J&K with a limited sovereign power vis-à-vis the internal affairs. He had surrendered voluntarily defence, foreign affairs and communications to the Union of India. Article 370 was brought only to scuttle his power by empowering President of India as the viceroy. In November, 1952 the Constituent Assembly of J&K abrogated monarchy in J&K. With the abrogation of monarchy, Article 370 lost its relevance and constitutional mandate. And rightly so because it was a temporary measure only to rein in the Maharaja of J&K. A temporary provision cannot last for more than half of a century. This is discriminatory, unacceptable in democracy and seedling authoritarianism. Prof. Bhim Singh said that the formula offered by the J&K National Panthers Party for Reorganization of the State through the amendment in Article 370 is the only way out to seek a permanent resolution of the situation prevailing in the State since 1947. He has been strongly pleading for amendment in Article 370. This amendment has to be brought in to empower Parliament to legislate in respect of J&K so that the matter within the Central List are brought under the legislative umbrella of the Parliament. The Concurrent List can be looked after by the State Legislature. The chapter on the fundamental rights in the Indian Constitution shall have to be extended to the people of J&K so that they may also share the fruits of democracy like their brethren in the other parts in the country.
Prof. Bhim Singh invited any leader of the BJP, NC or the Congress to join in the debate on the subject anywhere in the country from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. He stressed that amendment in Article 370 is essential to extend the fruits of democracy to J&K.