RSS does not accept 370 and 35A, says Mohan Bhagwat

Sangh denies special status awarded to Jammu and Kashmir.

September 20, 2018: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, as part of his three-day lecture series yesterday, said that the outfit does not accept Article 370 and 35A of Constitution. “We all live in India and all are Hindus, people hesitate in accepting it,” said he.

At a time when the debate over Article 35A has divided regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre, with the Congress voicing its support for the judgement, Bhagwat said that dividing the land on basis of geography and providing special status is not acceptable by RSS.

 

Article 35A provides powers to the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define ‘permanent residents’ of the state and bestow special rights and privileges on them. On August 31, the Supreme Court deferred hearing the petitions against Article 35-A to January after the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government argued that it could lead to a law and order situation in the state ahead of the coming panchayat and local body elections.

 

Edited by: Pragya Garg