Civil society asks political parties to unite for defending Art 35-A

Civil society asks political parties to unite for defending Art 35-A
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Srinagar: The Jammu Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) on Wednesday said the changing political scenario in Jammu and Kashmir demands that the regional political parties change the strategy and take efforts towards evolving a temporary government so that the legal battle at Supreme Court over Article 35-A is fought at the state level.
“Such step is not possible under the Governor’s rule,” the statement said.
The members comprising Muzaffar Shah, Advocate Mir Javaid, Deputy Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam and All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee chairman Sardar Jagmohan Singh Raina in a joint statement said the state of Jammu and Kashmir is passing through a crucial stage. “There are attempts to abrogate the Article 35-A and Article 370 that guarantee the special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir>”
As such, when the Jammu Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) filed counter petitions to defend the articles, the Urban Local Bodies and Municipal polls were thrust upon people, prompting the Supreme Court to defer the petition from both sides to January 2019.
The aggressive attempts are being made through Supreme Court to settle the non-residents in Jammu and Kashmir, they said and the Congress party announcing participation in polls has exposed itself before people..
“Even RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat expressed his anti-Kashmir stance and has called for abrogating State’s special status and State Subject Laws,” they said.
These serious developments are threat to our future and the future of our progeny, the statement said. “So the need of the hour is that every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir irrespective of caste, colour, region and religion fulfils his/her responsibility by completely boycotting the upcoming ULB and Municipal polls and also continue protesting against such aggressions,” it reads.