Jammu and Kashmir shutdown over Article 370

Jammu and Kashmir shutdown over Article 370

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday gave his "100 per cent" assurance that the coalition agenda will stay in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, hinting at the continuation of the state's special status. Meanwhile, regional parties, including the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), pushed for a consensus against any revocation, while the BJP decried "deliberate fear psychosis". "If Article 35A comes in the way of development of the state compared to other parts of the country, there will be no hesitation in repealing it", he said. The memorandum also focuses on sensitizing the Kashmiri people about the grave dangers and consequences of the proposed abrogation by using service of Imams, Pujaris, Granthis, and priests across the State.

The Presidential Order of 1954 provided a framework, which includes the addition of Art 35A to the Indian Constitution, for the division of powers between J&K and the Union Government under Article 370.

In occupied Kashmir, amid growing clamor against India's plans to abrogate Article 35A of Indian Constitution, Kashmir's civil society members passed a resolution to oppose the move tooth and nail. Pakistan's foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakria on Thursday had accused India of trying to alter the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Her claim that people of J&K have rejected two nation theories in 1947 is distortion of facts, misleading and denying the Himalayan truth as people of the state had never ever acceded to India and neither has been their opinion sought through right to self-determination till date".

The BJP, which is an alliance partner in the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in the state, has been calling for the scrapping of the special provision since the party's inception in 1980.

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She said that Prime Minister 's approach was constructive.

"If 35 (A) is repealed then the Article 370 will also be weakened", said Rana. But before that, the Centre and state government should clear their stand on the issue, he added.

"The basis of agenda of our alliance is that the status quo on Article 370 is to be maintained and none of us will go against it". 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.

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