SRINAGAR: Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) led by M Y Chapri on Sunday called for ‘Kashmir Bandh’ and ‘UN Chalo’ on August 6 – the day Supreme Court will hear the Article 35-A case.
The alliance said it would submit a memorandum at UN office Sonawar, seeking intervention on Article 35-A which empowers the state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to them.
“If this article is annulled, then the state’s demography will change abruptly,” Chapri said. “There are elements and NGOs who are trying to abrogate Article 35-A. We will go for Kashmir Bandh to protect J&K’s special status.”
“This message is meant not only for the people of Kashmir but the whole world that we have been deprived by New Delhi to the extent that our backbone – Article 35-A – is at peril,” he said.
Chapri said every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir should realise that this is neither a religious nor a political issue but “our special right” and “we are supposed to protect it”.
“We must protect this article for our future generations,” KEA chief spokesperson M Siddiq Ronga said. “Our educated youth are picking up arms as the Government of India is deliberately attacking these special rights and privileges.”
The KEA members said the attempts to abrogate special rights and privileges guaranteed to Jammu and Kashmir provoke people to come on roads.
“This is our basic right and we will not let GoI abrogate it at any cost. We are ready to take bullets for the protection of Article 35-A,” they said.