Jammu: The National Conference (NC) Working President and former J&K chief minister, Omar Abdullah Monday said that Hurriyat Conference has no business to comment on Article 35A.
He was addressing media persons in the winter capital, Jammu after a party function.
“The Hurriyat Conference, which does not believe in the Constitution of India, has no business to comment on 35A,” opined Omar.
Earlier the NC Working President urged that abolition of Article 35A will lead to the end of state subject laws in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Provisions which are stated under article 35 (A) were initiated by Raja Hari Singh. If this is scrapped by the Supreme Court, it will end state subject laws. People from other states will gain access to buy property in the region, avail educational scholarships for their children, relief material and bag government jobs; the four main things that Raja Hari Singh protected us from,” said Abdullah, while addressing a function in Jammu.
Alleging conspiracy by the ruling BJP-PDP coalition, Abdullah claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has constantly batted for the removal of Article 35 (A), and has attempted to suppress any opposition arising against the same.
“Surprisingly, the BJP made an issue of 35A as a case of Jammu versus Kashmir. They say it will benefit Kashmir but adversely affect Jammu. Nobody is going to benefit from the removal of 35 (A),” Omar added Abdullah.
Coming down heavily on the saffron party over the proposed removal of Article 370 of the Constitution, Omar alleged that although the former supported the removal of this provision, it was a veiled attempt, supported by an affidavit that lacked depth and detail.
“The BJP said it would scrap Article 370 but realised it isn’t possible through Parliament. Therefore, they approached the Court and asked others to fight the case on their behalf,” said Omar.