It’s Dr Jintendra Singh Rana Vs Dewinder Singh Rana Over Article 370
Art 370 came into force after detailed and threadbare discussions by stalwarts like Sardar Patel, Sheikh Abdullah, Aiyenger & Dr Shyama
“Jana Sanagh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had endorsed the constitutional proviso,” Rana Jr said in a press conference at Jammu. “How can they wish away this historical fact while generating passions over the issue?”
Dr Mukherjee, the founder of the Jana Sangh and a minister in Nehru’s cabinet, is widely hailed as the first BJP man who fought against J&K’s exclusivity in law making. Taking his agitation for ‘eak vidhan, eak pradhan , eak nishan’ to J&K, Dr Mukherjee was arrested by Sheikh Abdullah government and kept in a safe house in Srinagar. He passed away in custody.
Soon after Sheikh was dismissed as Prime Minister of J&K and jailed. Assailing the “policy statement” of central government for initiation of ‘process of scrapping this vital constitutional provision’ , Rana said the statement by MoS in PMO is “contravention to the spirit generated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while stressing inclusiveness of his government” and the “mischievous propaganda” has “vitiated the sprit”.
Rana said his party appreciates a debate and Omar Abdullah had volunteered for it. “We are not shying away from deliberating over this issue” , Rana said. “Article 370 came into force after detailed and threadbare discussions by stalwarts like Sardar Patel, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, Gopalaswamy Aiyenger and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Mirza Afzal Beig and Moti Ram Baigda.”
His party, Rana said would oppose any move jeopardizing the legitimate guarantee enshrined in the Constitution of India for the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. NC provincial president said the perception being generated over Article 370 by vested interests projecting those speaking in favour of this provision as anti-national must be shunned.
“They (BJP) have been raking up this issue in different manifestations for the past six decades and the difference is only that during elections the intensity becomes more pronounced ,” Rana said.
“Article 370 can not be abrogated at all.” Rana said Dr Singh’s comments can not be ignored as “off-the-cuff” and “were not withdrawn totally (by him). He said the BJP government must come out with its stand on the issue. Real brothers, Dr Jitndera and Dewinder are divided by the ideology they believe in.
Dr Rana has been a medical doctor and a frequent columnist. He underwent a massive shift in thought process during militancy’s amorphous years.