Sena uses GST debate to demand abrogation of Art 370, Ladakh MP endorses

NEW DELHI:  Shiv Sena, a key NDA constituent, today demanded immediate steps from the  Government for abrogation of the much talked about Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and told the ruling BJP Members that mere “one surgical strike in not enough”.

While the ruling BJP Members and Union Ministers including Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave a patient hearing and received Sena MP Anandrao Adsul’s suggestions with thumping of desks, the lawmaker from Amravati said, “aur kitney din hum Article 370 sunenge (How long will we continue to hear about this Article 370)”.

Mr Adsul was participating in the discussion on CGST (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill and The Integrated GST (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill.

He said these Bills have come up for discussion now as the uniform tax regime could not be applied to the state of Jammu and Kashmir from July 1 with the rest of India because of the Article 370.

The Sena MP suggested that this Article could be removed now because the NDA regime is in power with comfortable majority of its own.

He also lamented that while terror related incidents keep the state bleeding, it is quite frustrating that “we keep hearing something called PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir)”. “How long can this go on ?

” Mr Adsul said amid thumping of desks by BJP Members including Union Ministers.

Mr Adsul said while the actions of security forces lately including in eliminating of terrorist Abu Dujana were quite ‘satisfactory’, “one surgical strike is not enough”.

The Sena MP said he was particularly raising these issues in the House as Mr Jaitley also holds the key portfolio of Defence.

Speaking after him, the BJP lawmaker from Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang also endorsed the Sena line and said the Article 370 should be removed “to ensure peace and harmony in the state”.

“For the interests of minorities in the state, Article 370 should be removed,” he said — again amid thumping of desks.

He said the fact the Opposition parties in the state Congress and National Conference stayed away from the assembly debate on GST showed they also wanted this new law to come into force in Jammu and Kashmir.