Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday met National Conference President Farooq Abdullah at his Gupkar residence to discuss ways to protect Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.
NC insiders said that Abdullah told the chief minister to consult other like-minded parties to collectively resist efforts to strike down Article 35A.
The meeting holds significance as it comes a day after Opposition parties led by Abdullah formed a ‘United Front’ to protect the Constitutional provision that empowers Jammu and Kashmir to determine who its state subjects are.
A petition has recently been filed in the Supreme Court by an RSS-backed non-governmental organisation seeking repeal of the Article.
Soon after Mebooba-Farooq meet, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “@MehboobaMufti called on @JKNC_ President this evening to discuss the prevailing political situation in the state.
It was a cordial meeting,” National Conference working president Omar said without explaining further what transpired between the two leaders.
Earlier in the day, while addressing a public meeting in Budgam district, Mehbooba said, “We have to provide all facilities to our people but for that peace is essential in the state. We will first protect our special position which was granted to us in year 1947 then we can demand for more?
Mehbooba Mufti had warned against any change in Article 35A. “I will not hesitate in saying that nobody will carry the national flag in Kashmir [if the Article is scrapped]. Let me make this very clear,” she said.