Says this after filing nomination for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat
Anantnag: Former J&K chief minister and president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that any tinkering with Article 35A of the Indian constitution will lead to secession of Jammu and Kashmir from India.
She was reacting to comments made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah that the year 2020 will be a deadline for removal of Article 35A, which protects the demographic status of Jammu and Kashmir.
“If the deadline for the removal is set for 2020, we should understand that it will also be a deadline for secession of Jammu and Kashmir from India,” Mehbooba said, while talking to reporters here in Anantnag.
She was at the Anantnag Deputy Commissioner’s office to file her nomination papers for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.
Before her, the National Conference (NC) candidate, Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi, and the Congress candidate, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, filed their nomination papers.
Masoodi was accompanied by party vice president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah and other senior party leaders, while Mir was accompanied by party leaders Saifuddin Soz and Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed.
Omar did not interact with the media persons who were waiting outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
However, Mehbooba in her rather detailed interaction also talked about the comments of former Sadr-e-Riyasat and senior Congress leader Karan Singh on Article 370.
Singh had said that the special status of J&K was given by the Government of India and was not asked for by the state. “It is a wrong notion that the special status was to guarantee the Muslim majority status of the state,” he had said.
Mehbooba, when asked about Singh’s comments, called them unacceptable.
“His late father, Maharaja Hari Singh, had laid down the conditions for 370 and they were fully endorsed by Sheih Muhammad Abdullah. Today, Singh saying something like that is completely unacceptable,” she said.
Mehbooba was accompanied by senior party leaders Abdul Rehman Veeri and Mehboob Beg, apart from other party workers, when she went to file her nomination.