Patna: The JD(U) Monday strongly objected to fresh hankering in some quarters to abrogate Articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution, warning that any “tinkering” with these provisions for Jammu and Kashmir would be “detrimental to the national unity and integrity.”
The Janata Dal (United), which is headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and is a key NDA ally, also deplored the “aggressive posturing” on building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, asserting that “the Supreme Court, and only the Supreme Court, can now settle the matter.”
A statement to this effect was made by the party’s national general secretary and chief spokesman K C Tyagi, who said these issues “figured prominently” in deliberations at the JD(U) national executive meeting held Monday in the presence of Nitish Kumar.
Despite an alliance with the BJP, the JD(U), since its earlier avatar as Samata Party, has held a distinct stance on three issues – Ayodhya dispute, Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code, Tyagi told reporters.
This has been underscored by Nitish Kumar many times, he said, adding this was reiterated again at the national executive meet.
“In the aftermath of the recent events in Jammu and Kashmir, we see a fresh demand for abrogating Articles 370 and 35A. We hold the view that these Constitutional provisions must stay. Tinkering with them could be detrimental to the national unity and integrity,” said Tyagi.
His comments come amid a clamour for abolishing the special status enjoyed by the restive northern state in the wake of the Pulwama attack and the subsequent escalation of tensions with Pakistan.
“On the Ayodhya issue, we see a lot of aggressive posturing. This is not good. The JD(U) has always held that the vexed issue be solved either through a consensus among the affected parties or through a court order. Attempts to solve the tangle outside the court through talks were made during the reign of V P Singh, Chandrashekhar, P V Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. None of these efforts bore fruit,” Tyagi said.