No, Indian government had not told USA about plans to scrap Article 370

Posted on 2019-08-09 17:37:45 by Neel Kamal

Summary

The United States Department of State has rejected all the media reports and clarified on Twitter that the Indian government did not consult or inform the US Government before moving to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status.

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On 5th August, The Print published an article claiming that the Modi government had informed USA about plans to scrap Article 370 twice. First time in February this year when National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had spoken to his US counterpart Bolton on Modi govt's plans to revoke Article 370. And the second time on 1st Aug when External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had briefed his American counterpart.

Citing some unknown sources, the report further claims that the Modi government did not want to take any chance when it came to the US, and so all necessary safeguards were taken to apprise the Trump administration of the move.

The USA denies the claim

However, the United States Department of State has rejected all the media reports and clarified on Twitter that the Indian government did not consult or inform the US Government before moving to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status.

Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced the move to scrap Article 370, which provides a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and proposed the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories through a fresh Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019. The bill proposes making Jammu and Kashmir a Union Territory with a legislature and Ladakh a separate Union Territory without an assembly.

Conclusion: Since the USA has publically denied the media report, we will consider it an unsubstantiated claim.



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