Ghulam Nabi Azad, a senior Congress politician, stated on Wednesday that given the current state of affairs, he does not see his party winning 300 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Azad justified his public quiet on Article 370 by claiming that only the Supreme Court and the Centre can reinstate it. He remarked during a rally in Poonch district’s Krishna Ghati region that the BJP-led federal government will not reinstate Article 370 because it was repealed.
“And when will we have 300 MPs on our own to establish government?” So I can’t guarantee that I’ll do it [reinstate Article 370] because we’ll need 300 MPs in 2024. Whatever the case may be. May God provide us 300 [MPs], but I don’t see that happening right now. As a result, I will not make any false promises and will refrain from discussing Article 370,” he stated.
Azad, who is now touring Poonch and Rajouri, recently stated in Kashmir that discussing Article 370 was pointless, and that his major objectives were the restoration of statehood and the conduct of early assembly elections in J&K.
NC vice-president Omar Abdullah slammed his comments, claiming that the senior Congress leader had conceded defeat even before the Supreme Court heard the case.
In response, Azad stated that he opposes the repeal of Article 370 and the division of the state into two UTs. “For the last three years, I had been speaking about this alone in Parliament,” he remarked. “Our issue with the government is that when Article 370 was repealed and the state was divided, I maintained that the central government has the authority to modify the Constitution, but it must go via the J&K Assembly, not Parliament,” Azad remarked.
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