Omar registers concern during meeting with Rajnath Singh over GoI’s ambiguity in defending Article 35A in Supreme Court
Srinagar: A delegation of the opposition National Conference, led by former chief minister Omar Abdullah, on Sunday conveyed to the Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, the party’s concern over the New Delhi’s ambiguity in defending Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.
Singh is on a four-day visit to the Jammu and Kashmir. Party delegations of
“While highlighting the political, historical and constitutional context of the state’s special status, Omar registered the party’s concern and disappointment over the central government’s ambiguity in defending the state’s special status in the Supreme Court with respect to Article 35A,” a spokesman of the National Conference said after the meeting.
Omar also highlighted the “worsened and constantly deteriorating situation” in the valley, and sought a sustained and open-ended political engagement with stakeholders in Kashmir irrespective of their ideology. The delegation urged New Delhi and Islamabad to make sincere and sustained efforts towards resumption of a comprehensive dialogue on all outstanding issues including that of Kashmir, the spokesman said.
The spokesperson said the party delegation also reiterated its struggle for the restoration of autonomy and asked the central government to initiate a process of reversing “erosions” made to the state’s autonomy, the statement said. The delegation said the autonomy had been violated by extending various hitherto inapplicable central laws to the state, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) being the most recent example.
“The party also decried the singular focus on operational and military mechanisms in dealing with an inherently political issue and asked the central government to reach out to the alienated and isolated youth of the valley,” he added.
Meanwhile, party representatives in the delegation from Leh and Kargil, Phuntsog Wangdan Shunu and Aga Syed Abbas Rizvi respectively, highlighted pressing issues in Leh and Kargil.
“The representatives raised challenges faced on the connectivity, communication and infrastructure front and sought that the central Government resolves these issues that are a cause of great misery and inconvenience to the people,” the spokesman said.