Article 370 to be revoked by end of 2017: BJP leader

Srinagar, May 17, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader, Subramanian Swamy, has said that Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, will be revoked by end of next year, while work on building Ram Temple in Ayodhya will begin by the end of this year.

Participating in a debate titled – ‘Do Muslims Feel Safe in India’ during an Indian TV programme, Swamy said, “By the end of this year, we will start the construction of Ram Temple. I am sure that in July, the Supreme Court will begin day-to-day hearing and it will not take more than a month for the top court to pass the order.”

Interestingly, in the same breath he said that Muslims in India were more safe than any other country. “By the end of 2017, we (BJP-led government) will revoke Article 370,” Swamy said. Renowned Indian Muslim leader, Asaduddin Owaisi, who was also part of the panel, said, “We have to love the Kashmiris, not only Kashmiri Pandits…” adding that many Kashmiri Muslim youth are still missing. If a militant is killed, 50,000 people attend his funeral. “How many people were present at the time of Mufti Saheb’s funeral,” he questioned.

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