Congress, National Conference forge alliance for Lok Sabha polls

The National Conference and Congress on Wednesday sealed an alliance for three Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir and decided to go for friendly contests on three other seats. The state sends six MPs to the Lok Sabha. The Congress will not field any candidate against NC president Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar while the regional party left the seats of Jammu and Udhampur for the Congress. Leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad and chairperson coordination committee for elections, Ambika Soni arrived in Jammu on Wednesday…

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Against recent constitutional amendments, HC issues notice to Centre, J&K Govt

The High Court Monday asked the government of India and the Jammu and Kashmir government to respond to a plea against two constitutional amendments extended to the state vis-à-vis reservation in promotion for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, and reservation for economically-weaker sections of the society in the state. A bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal issued notice to the union home ministry, union ministry of law and justice, union cabinet through cabinet secretary and state of J&K, through its chief secretary, seeking their response to the petition by April 16.…

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PDP, BJP still in alliance in J&K: National Conference

National Conference on Wednesday lashed out at Peoples Democratic Party saying that the party was still in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and hand-in-glove to influence the polls by “deceit and deception.”Senior National Conference (NC) leaders, in a joint statement, said: “We have credible information about PDP soliciting the advice and direction of the BJP for fielding candidates, convenient to it, for Jammu-Poonch and Kathua-Udhampur parliamentary constituencies to facilitate division of anti-BJP votes in order to ensuring the victory of BJP candidates.” The NC leaders said that the…

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The surgical​ strike was done for sole purpose of winning LS polls: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah Monday made serious allegations against the BJP-led government, saying it ordered the air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot with the “sole purpose” of winning Lok Sabha elections.The Srinagar MP alleged the BJP has “failed” on all fronts and it was apprehended that there would be a fight or skirmish with Pakistan before the polls so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi becomes some kind of an “avatar” without whom India cannot survive. “This surgical strike (air strike) was done only for the purpose of election…totally for…

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Rahul condemns violence against Kashmiris, Centre issues fresh advisory

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday condemned the violence against Kashmiris and said India belonged to its citizens from every corner of the country.Gandhi’s reaction came after two Kashmiri vendors selling dry fruits were thrashed by a group of saffron-clad men in Lucknow on Wednesday. Tweeting a video of the incident, the Congress chief said: “While I’m disgusted by this video of Kashmiri traders being attacked in UP, I salute the braveheart who challenged the attackers. India belongs to its citizens, from every corner of our nation. I strongly condemn…

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Divide Jammu & Kashmir to curb terrorism: BJP MLA GS Damor

The MLA backed an announcement of a senior Army officer that whoever raises arms against the state would be eliminated as it would deter local elements who back terrorists. Amid stand-off along the Line of Control by Indian and Pakistani forces after the Pulwama terror attack and following air strikes, a BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh has suggested division of Jammu and Kashmir to curb insurgency, a statement that invited immediate criticism from the Congress. Speaking to the media on Sunday evening on aerial strikes by the Indian Air Force…

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Conduct simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls: Political parties to EC

Representatives of almost all political parties sought simultaneous national and assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir as they met an Election Commission (EC) team in Srinagar on Monday, officials said. The Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora-led team arrived in the state for a two-day visit to review security preparedness for the polls amid an escalation of violence in the state, which has been under the President’s rule since December 19. Assembly elections have to be held within six months of the imposition of the President’s rule while the national polls…

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ALERT! For SC, ST quota cabinet clears amendment of Article 370 clause

The government Thursday gave its nod to the promulgation of an ordinance for giving reservation benefits to SCs and STs in Jammu and Kashmir by amending a clause of the contentious Article 370, which gives special status to the State. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.“It will serve the purpose of application of relevant provisions of the Constitution of India, as amended through the Constitution (Seventy Seventh Amendment) Act, 1995 and Constitution (One Hundred…

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Supreme Court may hear petition on Article 35A this week

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A, which provides special rights and privileges to natives of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, this week. The crucial hearing, which could be listed from February 26 to February 28, assumes significance in view of the toughening stand of the state-based political parties on the sensitive issue. The Supreme Court website, in its weekly list, has listed as many as six petitions including the lead plea of NGO ‘We The Citizens’ for…

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Tinkering with Articles 370, 35A will render Instrument of Accession null and void: Mehbooba Mufti

Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti Sunday said any tinkering with Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, which provide special status to Jammu and Kashmir, will render null and void the state’s Instrument of Accession with India. “Article 370 is the constitutional connection between J&K & Indian Union. Instrument of accession is contingent on Article 370 which is inextricably linked to Article 35A. Any tampering will render Treaty of Accession null and void,” Mehbooba said in a series of tweets. She said Kashmir Valley is rife with speculation about…

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