Advani seeks repealing of Article 370

In an apparent shift in his stand, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday suddenly raised the demand of repealing Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives Jammu and Kashmir a special constitutional status.

Only two days ago, he had advised his colleagues that it is important that the party should make allies among non-Congress parties to defeat the ruling party.

Advani`’s stand on Article 370 may be interpreted  as some kind of  change of his stand to appease Hiddu hardliners in the party. It may disappoint his former partners in the NDA including Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav, who would find it difficult to associate with his stand. 

Despite the fact that the demand has been one of the party’s core demands, the BJP has not been pressing for it. This demand never found support among many partners in the NDA.
 However, Advani’s disapproval of Modi seems to exist as usual. On Sunday, he  was to address an event in Jammu on the eve of the death anniversary of Shayma Prasad Mukherjee, but he cancelled it. It seems logical that he cancelled the programme keeping in mind that Narendra Modi was scheduled to address a rally in the memory of Mukherjee in Madhopur, a nearby place at Punjab-Jammu and Kashmir border.

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