Modi to stay with coalition agenda, article 35(A) stays: Mehbooba


The state BJP, an alliance partner in the state government, had upped the ante with its spokesperson Virendra Gupta saying yesterday that time had come to bid a farewell to Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution as they created a "separatist psyche". She added that PM Modi "gave 100% assurance on the agenda of alliance".

J&K CM is also keen to build consensus against scrapping the Constitutional provision, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state's "permanent residents" and their special rights and privileges.

Addressing media here, NC provincial president and Nagrota MLA Devender Singh Rana, a close confidant of party leader Omar Abdullah, equated the article with the holy cow that can not be touched. "Constitution of India and Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir govern our living and existence but we have been vested with certain rights and we will protect those rights".

Er. Rasheed asked Mehbooba Mufti either to talk with confidence, courage, facts and sincerity or "must break her alliance with the BJP as it has given Sang Parivar an upper hand in destroying and misleading the facts about J&K dispute".

A complete shutdown is being observed in Occupied Kashmir today against the Indian plans to abrogate Article 35A of Indian Constitution to convert the Muslim majority into minority of the valley.

As per the instrument of Accession central government's jurisdiction over Jammu and Kashmir was limited to Defense, Communication and Currency.

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Moreover, the Article 370 is part of the original constitution, and hence, the Article 35A also flows from it.

The Kashmir officials say that most of the buses will stay off road special government buses but some private buses and other vehicles will be available to the public.

As a response, in a recent hearing in July 2017, Attorney General K K Venugopal told SC that Union Government was not keen on filing an affidavit in the case, instead, the government wants a "larger debate" on the subject.

So far, the Centre has not taken any stand on the issue which has unnerved the entire mainstream polity in Kashmir.

Mehbooba had met opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah this week to seek the support of his party on the issue. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.