Mehbooba opposes repeal of Kashmir's special status - Newspaper

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

Mehbooba opposes repeal of Kashmir's special status - Newspaper

Ms Mufti had also met home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday amid the ongoing discussion over revoking the special status for J&K, which has also been challenged in the Supreme Court through a PIL.

"His (Rana's) statement that Jammu will be affected far more than Kashmir since no outsider will like to settle there but will flock in hordes to settle in Jammu clearly indicates the mindset of his party that has always advocated politics of exclusion", he said. "That's the only part of this meeting that matters at all", Abdullah tweeted after Mehbooba-Modi meeting.

He said talks about the abrogation of the Article is also a ploy by those people who have acquired land in Jammu through illegal means and made fake state subject certificate so that they are not thrown out of Jammu.

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The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for shutdown today to protest against "attempts" to abrogate Article 35-A of the constitution, which confers special rights and privileges on permanent residents of J&K and debars non-residents from buying land or property, getting a government job or voting in State Assembly elections. The basis of our agenda of alliance is that status quo of 370 has to maintained. "None of us can go against that". "Can @PMOIndia explain "assurances" pls?" "This has yet again exposed Mehbooba Mufti and her party and their inexhaustible reservoir of lies".

He said that the PDP-BJP government had been formed on the Agenda of Alliance and "We are committed to it".

The Kashmir University and Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education deferred the examinations which were scheduled to be held on Saturday. It empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state's "permanent residents" and their special rights and privileges.

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The BJP spokesperson asked if the NC leadership was so sure of the legal correctness of Article 35A, why are they resorting to agitational politics and provoking the Kashmiris?

Article 35A was inserted in the constitution through a presidential decree in 1954.

In 2014, an NGO had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking the striking down of Article 35-A.

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Earlier too, on July 28 in New Delhi, Mehbooba had courted controversy by saying that no one in J&K would carry the national flag if there was any move to tinker with the constitutional status of the state.

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