Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) vice president G N Monga on Tuesday questioned the government of India’s move to appoint Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta as counsel on behalf of JK government.
In a statement issued, Monga asked, “What was the need to appoint Tushar Mehta as counsel on the behalf of JK government when the state lawyers were already defending the case?”
He said that GoI had extended the tenure of Tushar Mehta just a few months back as he is considered to be close to the BJP.”
“It is a well-knit conspiracy to weaken the position of the state government in the apex court. The BJP-led government in New Delhi at the behest of RSS is playing dirty tricks to revoke the Article 35A. The GoI has been shying away from filing its response to spell out its stand on Article 35A. The Attorney General had last year told the court that the government didn’t want to file its affidavit in response to petitions against Article 35A,” he said.
Warning BJP led government in New Delhi against any attempt to tinker with Article 35-A, the Congress leader said that Article 35-A is the outcome of Delhi agreement reached between Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and J& K Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah in July 1952.
“For electoral gains the BJP is trying to twist the historical facts. Not only people of Kashmir region, but people of Jammu and Ladakh regions too will resist any move to revoke Article 35-A as it is equally beneficial for the people of all the regions of the state,” the Congress leader concluded.