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Article 35A surreptitiously inserted by Nehru govt in Constitution: Arun Jaitley

File photo of Union Minister Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 28, 2019, 03.34 PM (IST)

Union Finance Minister Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday wrote a blog post, where he launched a scathing attack against the Congress and blamed Pt Nehru’s govt and Nehruvian vision for Jammu and Kashmir’s present situation.

He said, "Article 35A surreptitiously inserted by Pt. Nehru’s govt. in the Constitution in 1954 vide Presidential order is responsible for discrimination by the J&K Govt between two categories of citizens on the basis of declaring some as permanent residents while leaving out the others."

In his latest blog, Jaitley also questioned Pt Jawaharlal Nehru's policy on J&K and said: Has the Nehruvian course on which Jammu & Kashmir embarked, being a historical blunder? The seven-decade history of the State confronts changing India with this question. Most Indians rightly believe that erroneous Nehruvian vision has been responsible for J&K’s situation today.

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Praising Centre's policy towards J&K Jaitley said today, the separatists and the terrorists in the valley have been badly hit. Various developmental projects have been initiated & thousands of jobs created in the State. The People of State are welcoming the socio-economic changes that have taken place in the State.

"The govt. led by PM Narendra Modi Ji has decided that the rule of law in the interest of the people of Kashmir Valley & the larger interest of India, must equally apply to J&K. Those indulging in subversive activities in J&K are dealt with in similar ways today as elsewhere," he added.

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Article 35A surreptitiously inserted by Pt. Nehru’s govt. in the Constitution in 1954 vide Presidential order is responsible for discrimination by the J&K Govt between two categories of citizens.