Kashmir shut down over Article 35A

13 August, 2017, 12:28 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • JK CM Mehbooba in dilemma: Omar Abdullah

"A message should go that there is no such thing", she said. 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.

Mehbooba Mutfi, who arrived here on Thursday, met Modi in the backdrop of a raging debate over the continuity of articles 370 and 35 (A) of the Constitution that give Jammu and Kashmuir, India's only Muslim-majority state, its special status.

The Union government has rightly parted ways with the state government in front of the Supreme Court. This provision was enacted by a Presidential Order in 1954. "We need to understand why the Indian government has not filed an affidavit, whether the issue was legal or not".

Mehbooba is 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, sources said. Even from a political point, the existence of such special legal provisions for Jammu and Kashmir is indirectly an acknowledgment in front of the worldwide community that the state is a disputed territory and therefore, it has a special status within the country.

Earlier, the locals and the activists of political and social organizations demonstrated at the Parade Ground Park in Poonch to raise voices against Modi regime's attempts to fiddle with Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution.

The following arguments are put forward against the Article 35A.

The J&K CM, while addressing reporters following the meet, said preservation of the Articles 370 and 35A is essential to maintain the faith of Kashmiris in the Indian political system.

While, the PDP and BJP have a coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, both the parties are not on the same page regarding the issue.

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. Any decision by the Supreme Court will have far-reaching consequences.

Abdullah had told her that she should meet the prime minister, all important central ministers and also the BJP leadership to convince the Sangh Parivar against striking down the constitutional provision.

They also lashed out at the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, saying that she used to visit the bereaved families of martyrs, especially in south Kashmir, and shed tears, but after assuming power she had become the most brutal and had defeated all previous records of oppression and tyranny in the occupied territory.

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