October 29th, 2011
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Advani against repeal of AFSPA in Kashmir

advaniThiruvananthapuram: BJP leader who reached Kerala, Opposed the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir,  and stated that nothing should be done that weakens the armed forces’ position. Though he strongly opposed removal of AFSPA from Kashmir he stated that the removal of Act from Manipur shall be considered and examined.

“I don’t think there is a need to withdraw AFSPA in so far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. Nothing should be done that weakens the armed forces’ position,” he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

Advani took strong objection to the position that coalition dharma often came in the way of acting strongly against corruption. “Coalition dharma matters only in matters of policy and not in matters of integrity,” he said. Recalling how the BJP conducted the NDA alliance when it was in power, Mr. Advani said they had formed new States without any problems, but had deferred a decision on Telangana as it required a policy consensus among all the partners. “My party was in favour of Telangana in NDA, when in power. But our allies were not in favour,” he said.



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