BJP playing politics of convenience and identity: Owaisi

By PTI Published on Aug 02, 2018 11:07 AM IST

Hyderabad: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that the ruling BJP at the Centre was playing the politics of convenience and identity where it suits them as it wants Assamese identity to remain intact, but not Kashmiri identity.

His comments came following the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC)in Assam, which has led to a bitter war of words between BJP and the opposition.

The draft of the National Register of Citizens, published on 30 July, excluded over 4 million people from the list.

"BJP wants Assamese Identity to be intact at the cost of sacrificing Identity of 40 lakh people but in Kashmir BJP wants Article 35 to be scrapped to dilute Kashmiri Identity? BJP is playing politics of Convenience & Identity where it suits them politically but Sctt is monitoring," he said on a social networking site.

Owaisi was referring to Article 35 A of the Constitution which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the State's 'permanent residents' and their special rights and privileges.