BANIHAL: National Conference on Saturday staged protest in Banihal against the “overt and covert attempts” made by the BJP to repeal Article 35A “to deprive the people of Jammu and Kashmir of their legitimate rights guaranteed in the Constitution of India”.
“PDP seems to be conniving with the BJP by not emphasizing on the Centre to put up a strong counter in the apex court to safeguard Article 35A”, District President National Conference Mr Sajjad Shaheen said while addressing the protesters.
Shaheen said that any tinkering with the special provision will be fought tooth and nail by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, as such a move can jeopradise their economic interests, deprive youth of their share in jobs among other things. He said this constitutional guarantee is the manifestation of state-subject laws enacted by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1923 and a long drawn struggle launched by the Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
Reiterating the National Conference stand on Article 35A, Shaheen said this is a “formidable bridge between the State and Union of India, which had been incorporated in the Constitution after due thought”. Impairing this provision will amount to weakening the strong bonds between the state and the country, he said and cautioned the BJP against any misadventure in this regard.
Shaheen asked those whipping up passions over the issue to have in-depth study of the Constitution of India to know how sates like Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Goa etc enjoyed special and unique status as per various sub sections (A to G) of Article 371.
Shaheen lamented that Jammu and Kashmir was being singled out just to satiate the communal agenda of BJP.