Newspaper: Mehbooba opposes repeal of Kashmir's special status

BJP goes defensive over Art. 35A

In 2014, an NGO had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking the striking down of Article 35-A. One class has special access in Jammu and Kashmir and the other doesn't. This process outlined under Article 368, was circumvented during the addition of article 35A.

Ironically, while the PDP is a strong votary of continuing with the special status, its ruling partner the BJP contested elections on the plank that it would revoke the constitutional position for Jammu and Kashmir's complete integration with the rest of India. Fundamental rights are also part of the basic structure of the Indian Constitution, which can not be amended at all as the apex court has stated.

The chief minister had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.

"No statement has come from either the central or the state government". All other matters including residuary powers are vested with the state.

Terming it a big conspiracy against the people of Kashmir, Wani said that amendment in article 35 A would pave the way for India to change the proportion of Muslim population by settling non-state subjects in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Supreme Court has said on numerous occasions that the fundamental rights are the most sacrosanct part of our Constitution and can't be violated under any circumstances. They have given full authority by the government of J&K. Moreover, the Article 370 is part of the original constitution, and hence, the Article 35A also flows from it. Therefore, the Presidential Order of 1954 is also a violation of Article 368 of the Constitution. "The Delhi-based media is projecting that by supporting Article 35A Kashmiris are being against rights of women etc". It is effectively linked to the larger of question of citizenship and applicability of constitutional provisions to people of the state as citizens of India. After the meeting, Mehbooba Mufti said that she discussed host of issues including Article 35A with the Prime Minister.

Rana accused the BJP of deliberately raking up such issues for politics and undermining the safeguards ensured to people of the state by the Constitution. In June 2016, the party's MLAs joined regional parties in the assembly and forced the government to cancel these contracts. It leads to the violation of the right of a woman to "marry a man of her choice".

The clock is ticking on the final disposal of the case against Article 35A.

It is high time that the Supreme Court takes cognisance of this matter.

The Chief Minister told that she spoke to the Prime Minister, the situation is normalizing but the people think that our identity can be in danger, so the message that "Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India" should be reiterated.

"BJP as a party has different stand but being in coalition government, we will follow the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) in which we have made a decision to maintain status quo on constitutional issues including Article 35-A", senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told reporters, here, before the start of party's core group meeting. Attorney General KK Venugopal is expected to explain before the apex court these aspects. 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.

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