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‘No dilution in BJP over scrapping Art 370’

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Thursday there is no dilution of party’s stand that the provision which grants special status to J&K should be scrapped. While speaking at a seminar on ‘Article 370’ at India International Centre, he said, ‘There is a need for a debate to assess whether it has caused harm or provided benefits to the people. The Article 370 is the main reason behind the feeling of separatism in Kashmir valley and our party wanted that there must be a debate over its profits and loss. We want a historical assessment of the Article 370 to know whether it has caused benefits or harm. It is our misfortune that when a leader of our party says its impact should be evaluated, our friends in media call it a dilution of our stand and we are ready to reassess it,’ Jaitley said.
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