Political parties unite against move to abrogate Artcile 35-A

Political parties unite against move to abrogate Artcile 35-A
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  • NC files intervention plea in Supreme Court
  • ‘Will fight every battle to safeguard state’s special status’

SRINAGAR: National Conference on Friday filed an intervention plea in the Supreme Court of India seeking to be included as respondents in the petition challenging Article 35-A of the Constitution of India.
An official statement issued here said the party had deputed its provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani for the purpose who filed the intervention plea on behalf of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference through Advocate Adeeba Mujahid and was assisted locally by Advocate Nazir Ahmed Malik after being duly authorised by party in this regard by a resolution on the August 1.
“We filed the intervention plea in the Supreme Court in reiteration of our commitment to fight against all machinations aimed at fiddling with the state’s special status and unique political identity,” Wani said in a statement. “National Conference will fight this battle from the forefront and will do everything necessary to safeguard the state’s special status and political rights.”
He said the party had retained a comprehensive and competent legal representation and would represent facts and legalities in the matter in a comprehensive and substantial matter in view of apprehensions of a “half-hearted attempt” by the government to defend Article 35-A.
“We will make our case in the Supreme Court in light of the constitutional facts through which the state negotiated its accession with the Union of India – after having acceded to the Union in extraordinary circumstances. In line with directions from the party leadership, we are keeping a close eye on developments regarding this matter and as respondents will represent the aspirations and sentiments of the people of the state as effectively and resolutely as possible,” NC provincial president said.
He said NC would also continue to raise awareness about Article 35-A “not just within the state but in forums across the country, to fight the elaborate propaganda that has been unleashed to distort the state’s special status and special constitutional provisions that were incorporated in the Constitution of India with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir”.