Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi Friday said that PM Modi has assured her that that articles 370 and 35A will be respected.
“The basis of our agenda of alliance is that status quo of article 370 has to be maintained and that none of us can go against that,” The Indian Express quoted Mehbooba saying reporters after her meeting with PM in the Parliament complex. She said “the prime minister has assured me that articles 370 and 35A will be respected.”
Pertinently, a three-judge Supreme Court bench is currently hearing a petition against Article 35-A provision that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state’s ‘permanent residents’ and their special rights and privileges.
The PIL pending before the top court was filed in 2014 by the NGO ‘We The Citizens’ seeking that the article be struck down. The petition alleges that the state government, under the guise of the article, discriminates against non-residents in matters of government jobs or buying property.
CM Mehbooba, along with leaders of mainstream parties in J&K, have consistently opposed the abrogation of Article 35-A. In fact, the chief minister had warned last month that there will be no one to shoulder the Indian flag if the state’s special status is tampered with.