JK’s Special Status

August 14, 2017 EDITORIAL 260 Views
JK’s Special Status

Every-time when there is a deliberate attempt on the special status of restive Jammu and Kashmir State, a political calamity hits the State. Mainstream political parties including both the ruling coalition partner PDP and the opposition led by NC, separatist leadership, civil society, traders and other pressure groups are on the same page to safeguard JK’s special status that has come under threat after inimical forces to the state taking legal course have launched fresh assaults on the sensitive Article 35-A. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaking to public gathering at central Kahsmir’s Budgam district said that the special powers enjoyed by the citizens of the state (J&K) need to be protected. Now senior PDP Minister and Government Spokesman Nayeem Akhter has said that his party (PDP) won’t allow any tinkering with article 35 A governing property rights act in the state, article 370 granting special status to the state and Chief Minister has been given assurances by none else than Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the meeting between the two leaders in the Prime Minister’s office two days back. Earlier the CM had lambasted the parties for creating “confusion” over the issues cropping uo for the State government. She evinced against the crusade set out to get the better of Article 35-A and Article 370, the two Constitutional (Indian Constitution) provisions that guarantee the special status. “if the Article is tinkered with there will be no one to hold the tricolor in the state. Some right-wing groups while taking exception to her bold statement even challenged the CM to give it a try.” Nevertheless, the consensus on defending the provisions (Articles) has evolved at short notice; in just couple of days leaders of all shades have come out strongly to defend the status of the state. National Conference President Farooq Abdullah as an ally took it to the next level by daring New Delhi to try scrapping Article 35-A. Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Geelani also cautioned New Delhi on carrying out “nefarious designs” in J&K. He said that the people of the state won’t allow anyone to alter or interfere with the integrity and special status of the state. Traders’ body had already offered its support and on Wednesday All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee joined hands to defend the provisions. That leaves a minority or fringe as a proponent of abrogating the Articles. There is a danger lurking in the state about fault lines being established and made permanent to divide the opinions, interests and the people for petty political gains.

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