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Congress election manifesto says ‘no change in Article 370’

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Srinagar : Indian National Congress (INC) Tuesday released election manifesto, encompassing the issues it promises to address.

Keeping Jammu and Kashmir as a crucial aspect of their manifesto, Congress has accentuated on the various issues of the state.

In their manifesto, they said that the party has been witness to the developments in the conflicted state since the Instrument of Accession that was signed on October 26, 1947. It further affirmed that ‘the whole of Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India’

Maintaining their stand on Article 370 of the Constitution, the party said “nothing will be done or allowed to change the Constitutional position.”

Here are the brief points mentioned in the manifesto:

Engage in dialogue with people of Jammu and Kashmir to find an “honourable solution” to their issues.

Two prolonged approaches will be adopted, firstly firmness on the border and ending infiltration, secondly “absolute fairness” to deal with the demands of people.

Review the deployment of Armed Forces, and the party plans to move more troops to the border to curb infiltration and furthermore reduce the presence of Army and CAPFs in the valley while entrusting more responsibility on the shoulders of the Jammu and Kashmir police.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the Disturbed Areas Act in the state will be reviewed and “suitable changes” will be made to balance the requirement of security and “protection of Human Rights”

The project of inclusiveness thus looks for “innovative federal solutions” and dialogue with stakeholders in the state.

Appointment of 3 “interlocutors” drawn from civil society to engage in talks without “pre-conditions”

Congress had initiated a consultation process across the country and many of its top leaders had interacted with a host of people from different sections to seek their views on their aspirations from the party.

The party’s manifesto committee was headed by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram. (KNS)

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