Article 35-A stays as Modi assured to remain with AoA: Mehbooba

‘Discussion on Article 35 A should not happen as it will have negative consequences in JK’

BK News Desk/Srinagar
August 12, 2017 TOP STORIES 191 Views
Article 35-A stays as Modi assured to remain with AoA: Mehbooba

Following her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi amid the row over Article 35 A, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the PM response was “very positive” and he “gave 100 percent assurance on Agenda of Alliance”.
“The PM response of Prime Minister was very positive,” Mehbooba told reporters in New Delhi after the meeting.
“The basis of our (PDP-BJP coalition) Agenda of Alliance is to maintain status quo on Article 370 and no fiddling should be done to the article; none of us can go against that. Prime Minister gave 100 percent assurance on Agenda of Alliance.
Giving brief details about the meeting with PM, Mehbooba said she told the PM that people in Jammu and Kashmir feel that their existence and identify is in danger (because of scrapping of Article 35 A).
“I told the Prime Minister difficult situation through which Jammu and Kashmir people were going is improving. People feel that their existence and identify is in danger (because of scrapping of Article 35 A). So the message should go that there is no such thing (attempts to scrap the article) and Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of the country, a Muslim majority state that rejected Two Nation theory, and people should feel that they want to live with the country,” she said.
The chief minister who had flown to New Delhi Thursday met the PM today in Parliament office in the afternoon amid the row over a petition on striking down of Article 35A before a three bench of Supreme Court.
“Being a Muslim majority state, with Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists living in Jammu and Kashmir, it has diversity and special position in the country. The idea of India has to accommodate the idea of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.
“Last year, the situation was difficult but this year it was improving slowly, wounds of people were getting healed. So suddenly the discussion on Article 35 A will have negative consequences on the situation in the state, which should not happen. Jammu and Kashmir is an important part of the country and it is not good if it remain in difficult situation,” she said.
Earlier, this week the chief minister had met Opposition leaders in the state after NC president had warned of a “far bigger agitation than Amarnath land row (of 2008)” and Mehbooba herself had warned of weakening the Article 35 A.
A government handout said Mehbooba, who is in the national capital, called on the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi here this afternoon.
The meeting assumed significance in view of the raging debate about Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution guaranteeing special position to the residents of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Chief Minister brought to the notice of the Prime Minister the sentiments of the people of the State attached to the special position and also the apprehensions the debate of any abrogation of the same has created in their hearts and minds. She informed the Prime Minister that such debates or demands have a very negative impact on the situational progress in the State which is steadily stabilizing after putting in lot of efforts by the State and Central Governments.
“Such debates and demands only vitiate the atmosphere in the State and the country as a result of which people suffer immensely”, the Chief Minister informed Mr Modi.
Terming Article 370 as the basis of constitutional relationship between the State and the Centre, Mehbooba Mufti informed Narendra Modi that the Muslim majority Jammu & Kashmir acceded to the union of India rejecting the two nation theory and consequently due constitutional guarantees were provided to J&K protecting its regional aspirations and character.
“The need and urge for protecting and respecting this special status also got amply reflected during my recent interactions with leaders of several political parties in the State”, she informed the Prime Minister.
Responding positively to the concerns and apprehensions raised by the Chief Minister, the Prime Minister assured the Chief Minister that ‘Agenda of Alliance’ agreed upon between PDP and BJP should form the basis of any discussion on the State.
He also reaffirmed the successful implementation of AoA in the State during the tenure of present Government.
Pertinently, regarding the special status of J&K, the Agenda of Alliance between PDP and BJP clearly states; “While recognizing the different positions and appreciating the perceptions BJP and PDP have on the constitutional status of J&K considering the political and legislative realities, the present position will be maintained on all the constitutional provisions pertaining to J&K including the special status in the Constitution of India.”
The Chief Minister had also met the union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh yesterday in this regard.

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