Mehbooba opposes repeal of Kashmir's special status - Newspaper

What is Article 35 A and why is its scrapping being sought

What is Article 35 A and why is its scrapping being sought

"This has yet again exposed Ms Mufti and her party", said NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.

The memorandum passed by the civil society states that the organization will establish contacts with civil society groups across India and apprise them about the inherent grave dangers and consequences of the proposed abrogation of Article 35A by New Delhi.

Life across the Kashmir Valley and parts of the Jammu region was on Saturday adversely affected due to a shutdown called to protect Article 35A that gives special rights to Jammu and Kashmir.

"We demand that the rights of all the people of all the three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh-should be protected and there should be no discrimination".

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The seat has been lying vacant since July 4, 2016 after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti resigned as a Lok Sabha member as she took over as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. It allows the state legislature to define the "permanent residents" of the state, who would be entitled to own private properties in J&K. Therefore, Article 35A is in direct violation of Article 14.

The controversy erupted in 2014 after an NGO "We the Citizens" filed a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking that Article 35A be struck down.

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". The article was added to Article 370 in 1954 by a presidential decree.

"However, we want that State's special status must go for its complete integration with India", he said.

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"Supreme Court will not acknowledge the assurance of the Supreme Court". Any decision by the Supreme Court will have far-reaching consequences.

Mehbooba Mufti, who met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, said Jammu and Kashmir was indeed a "Muslim majority state" but one also needed to note that "Hindus also live there, Sikhs and Buddhists also live there".

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.

Before reaching out to PM Modi, Mehbooba held talks with Farooq Abdullah, the president of J&K's prime opposition party - National Conference.

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