Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad claimed that BJP will not remove Article 370 from J&K even if it stays in power for 100 years. “BJP will not remove Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir even if it stays in power for 100 years at the Centre, I can assure you. It was in no mood to do that even when Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was in power,” he said while addressing an election rally here on Friday. Azad was campaigning in Haroli along with Acharya Pramod Krishnam and party’s MLA Mukesh Agnihotri.
He also said Azhar Masood’s release by the Bhartiya Janta Party government was not a major point in the ongoing elections. “Masood Azhar’s release by the previous BJP government is not an important point in the ongoing elections. These are useless points being raised just to create drama, our topics for elections used to be whether poverty has been wiped out, unemployment ended,” he said.
He also said Rahul Gandhi’s candidature for the PM’s post was important but it would be achieved through consensus. “We are aiming for 273 plus seats so that there is no confusion but even if we don’t achieve that we would like to form the government with the other parties. Rahul Gandhi, being the leader of the biggest party in the country, would be an ideal candidate for the PM post,” Azad said.