Mehbooba Mufti likely to meet PM Modi over Article 35A

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Under Article 35A and Article 370 which grants special autonomous status to the state.

After Rajnath Singh met CM Mehbooba Mufti, the Home Ministry officials said that that its law officers would be presenting legal aspects related to Article 35A only and would refrain from joining the case. Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party chairperson Harsh Dev Singh described Article 35A as unconstitutional.

It is against this backdrop, it is pertinent to understand the provisions of the Article 35A and the arguments in favour and against the Article, which are provided below.

"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".

Er. Rasheed ridiculed Mehbooba's claim that "J&K is India's crown and said that J&K is by no means India's integral part but a disputed territory".

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.

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.

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.

"If 35 (A) is repealed then the Article 370 will also be weakened", said Rana. Following this agreement, the term "state subject" was replaced by "Permanent Residents", and the President of India in consultation with the state government issued the constitution order of 1954 and Article 35A was incorporated. The BJP has historically opposed it and asked for the abolition of Article 370 and special status for the state. Fearing that her party might face political erosion if the BJP pulls out of the alliance with PDP, she met National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, former CM of J&K, at their Gupkar residence and sought their support for defending Article 35 (A).

Meanwhile, reports said that during her meeting with PM Modi she complained about the "arrogant attitude" Power Minister Piyush Goal regarding the transfer of two hydro-electric projects back to J&K.

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