A day after J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti warned against any tinkering with Article 35(A) of the constitution, the National Panthers Party (NPP) on Saturday said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s remark on the Indian flag is unacceptable and amounts to violation of the Indian Constitution.
Lashing out at Mehbooba, NPP leader Bhim Singh said, “This is the most disgraceful, shameful and unacceptable statement. It amounts to violation of the Indian Constitution and is an insult to the Indian flag. Does she even know what 35 (A) is? It was not created by the Parliament. It was an amendment made in 1954 by the then president of India on the recommendation of then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.”
Yesterday , CM Mehbooba while strongly defending the constitutional clause, said that any change in its status would invite repercussions and mean that nobody would be able to protect the Indian national flag in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pertinently, Article 35(A) of the Constitution empowers the state legislature to define permanent residents and accord special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.