In wake of the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country, the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday courted controversy by speaking in favour of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, in contrast to the belief of the Bharatiya Janata Party at the centre, who is also their NDA ally, media report claimed.
Expressing discomfort over the recent Pulwama attack and the subsequent hate crimes against Muslims, especially Kashmiris, across the country, the Bihar CM appealed to the country to not boycott Kashmir, calling it an ‘integral part of India’ and that Muslims too are aggrieved by the state of affairs, TimesNow reported.
“The Muslim community in this country is equally pained over the Pulwama attack like everyone. I don’t understand why someone wants to boycott Kashmir. We should not take action against Kashmiris as they are part of India,” news agency ANI quoted Kumar as saying.
The Janata Dal (United) leader also said that he believes Article 370, which gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, should not be revoked and that the government should focus on thwarting militancy in the Valley.
“Whatever action is required to take against terrorists, the government will surely take it. I personally can never think of revoking Article 370 from the Valley,” TimesNow report quoted Kumar as saying.