Will take call on Article 370, 35A once in majority: Nirmal Singh

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Tuesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party will take a call on issues like Article 370 and Article 35 A when it forms the government on its own in Jammu-Kashmir. “The BJP stand on Article 370 and Article 35 A is very clear and we still stick to our stand,” Singh told reporters after the Independence Day parade in Jammu. “If people of Jammu-Kashmir give us 44 plus seats in the Legislative Assembly, we will take a call on them (Article 370 and Article…

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Debate on Article 35A and How it could change the Idea of Kashmir

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will hear a petition challenging the constitutionality of Article 35A, which is being seen by many as something that can have larger impact on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, leading to a political controversy. The ongoing controversy over Article 35A is doing more harm to the PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir than a year-long bloody unrest, hundreds of civilian deaths, controversies over pellet guns, the human shield incident, and a cancelled bypoll together couldn’t do. The threat of abrogation of…

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Rajnath Singh assures permanent solution without compromising Kashmir Identity

Addressing India TV’s conclave on anti-terrorism, he said that the door for talks with separatists were open though he did not elaborate on the measures being taken to permanently solve the decades-long Kashmir imbroglio. The government is working towards a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue without compromising on the identity of the people there, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday, alluding to fears that the attempts were being made to revoke the special status of the troubled state. Addressing India TV’s conclave on anti-terrorism, he said that the…

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Can’t believe CM, PM’s word counts on special status: Omar Abdullah

National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Friday dismissed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given an assurance over securing Article 35A, which guarantees the state special status. Omar in a series of tweets described Mehbooba’s claim as “immaterial” and said “we no longer believe” what the Chief Minister says. “Excuse us if we no longer believe what Mehbooba Mufti says after she comes out from these meetings,” Omar said while commenting on the meeting between Mehbooba and the Prime Minister where she had sought…

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Article 35A is agenda of alliance with NDA, PM gave assurance on alliance: Mehbooba Mufti

For the “idea of India to accommodate the idea of Jammu & Kashmir”, Article 35A that grants special status to the State “should not” be removed, said the State’s chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported ANI. She further said that the basis of her PDP’s alliance with the BJP is that the “status quo of 370 has to be maintained”. She added that PM Modi “gave 100% assurance on the agenda of alliance”. Article 370 also accords the State special status.…

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Mehbooba Mufti wants to run with hare, hunt with hounds: Omar Abdullah

Slams CM’s move to reach out to both New Delhi, parties in Kashmir As the clamour over the possible scrapping of Article 35-A grows in the Kashmir valley, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of being in a dilemma and said she wanted to “run with the hare and hunt with the hounds”. The National Conference working president in his hard-hitting commentary against Mehbooba said she wanted to “govern with the BJP and opposed their politics with us”. “That is the crux of her…

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Mehbooba Mufti likely to meet PM Modi today in Delhi over Article 35A Row

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi today “to seek his help” in defending the special status of the state, a media report said. “Mehbooba Mufti is expected to reach Delhi on Thursday to seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support in defending a constitutional provision that bars outsiders from owning property in the state,” reported NDTV.com. The reported meeting comes days after Mehbooba met Opposition National Conference President Farooq Abdullah amid a debate on Article 35-A. Earlier, she had warned…

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Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah discuss ways to protect Article 35A

Amid growing controversy over the attempts of the revocation of Article 35A, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah at his residence here today. “The CM discussed the current political situation in the state with the NC president,” NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said. Mattu said the significant part of the meeting was taken up discussing ways to protect Article 35A. “Farooq suggested that the CM should consult other parties with an aim to create a wider consensus amongst like-minded parties in this battle to…

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Article 35A and its significance

Article 35A of the Constitution of India,unknown to the public domain till recent times, has raked up an intense debate in the country. Political narrative has a paradigm shift. Here’s all you want to know about the article: What is Article 35A? Article 35A of the constitution empowers J&K legislature to define state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges. It was added to the constitution through a presidential order of 1954 with the then J&K government’s concurrence What is its significance to J&K? * Through 1927 and 1932…

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Opposition parties unite against move to ‘Abrogate’ Special Status

Clamour is growing against the move to abrogate the State subject law with a united Opposition threatening to launch a statewide agitation against the central and the state government, if the Article 35A, a provision of Article 370, is fiddled with. Charu Wali Khan, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, who is settled outside the state, has challenged legality of Article 35-A claiming in her petition to Supreme Court that the said law takes away her “succession rights” away and “disenfranchises her.” This is the second time this provision has…

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