Article 370 impediment in development of J&K: Gadkari  

‘BJP for peace with Pakistan, China but zero tolerance for terrorism’

Srinagar: BJP former president Nitin Gadkari on Friday said Article 370 is an impediment in development of Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to KNS, Gadkari said that the Article 370 is responsible for alarming unemployment, poverty, increase corruption and lack of modern technology. The former president BJP said the traditional political parties in the state believe in dynasty rule and have been exploiting peoples’ sentiments for their political gains.

Asked if PDP is playing role of a B team of BJP, Gadkari said that BJP has no relation with PDP and those who level such allegations are spreading lies. “Those who spread such rumors are exploiting people for their political interests,” he added.

In a veiled reference to Congress, Gadkari said those who claim to be secular are actually communal to their core. “These political parties who claim to be so called secular are actually communal to their core. We made A.P J Abdul Kalam as president of the country. Our mission is to free our country from corruption and poverty and bring at the zenith of modern technology,” he said, adding that a fear psychosis is being created that BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are against the minorities in the country.

Criticizing boycott policy of the separatists, Gadkari advised the pro freedom leadership to take the situation of Pakistan into consideration before following their policies, Gadkari said: “Pakistan suffering from poverty and starvation. They have been defeated thrice by India. The separatists should keep all these factors into consideration.” Earlier, while addressing a press conference, Gadkari said that BJP is committed to peace, prosperity and development in Jammu and Kashmir and wants peaceful relations with Pakistan.

“We want peaceful and dignified relations with our neighbouring countries China and Pakistan. But we have a zero tolerance policy for terrorism,” he added.  He said after coming to power in Delhi, BJP will prioritize Jammu and Kashmir’s development and the party would not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed, language and religion. “We want to address poverty, hunger and unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.