Abrogation of Article 35A: Mehbooba Mufti to meet Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi today

Srinagar: Prime Minister Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti will meet Prime Minister Thursday Narendra Modi and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi to discuss legal challenges to Section 35 A of the Constitution, according to official sources.

The chief minister, who is due to leave for Delhi in the afternoon, is also likely to meet leaders like Sharad Yadav JD (T) on the subject of Article 35A which gives special status to the state and was challenged before the Supreme Court, they said.

Mehbooba is ready to build consensus against the scrapping of the constitutional provision, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislator to define “permanent residents” of the state and their special rights and privileges.

In a startling development, Mehbooba called the chairman of the National Opposition Conference (NC) Farooq Abdullah this week to call for his party’s support on the issue.

Abdullah had said that it was to meet the prime minister, all ministers and leaders of the central BJP key to convince Sangh Parivar against the suppression of constitutional provision.

The Minister also met with other opposition party leaders in the state, including the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress, GA Mir and Chief Ghulam Hassan Mir DPN.

Sources of the Democratic Party of Mehbooba (PDP) peoples reported section 35A hit would be “a disaster for all major political parties in Kashmir.”

It will be nothing less than a “tsunami” for traditional politicians, since protecting the special status of Jammu and Kashmir within the Constitution of India is the “cornerstone of its policy,” they said.

In the latest developments, NC spokesman Junai Mattu tweeted: “In # 35A, @MehboobaMufti strangers seek consensus against BJP while in alliance with BJP She wants to have the cake and eat it.”

“This is the heart of their dilemma – running with the hare and hounding with dogs who wants to rule with the BJP and oppose their policies with us,” Labor Party President Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.

The controversy erupted in 2014 after an NGO ‘We, the Citizens’ has submitted a PIL in the Supreme Court by Article 35A is canceled.

The government of Jammu and Kashmir in sections 35A and 370, which grants special status of autonomy to the state discriminates against non-residents, which is prevented from buying property, to get government work or to vote in local elections, said The PIL.

Section 35A was added to the Constitution by a presidential order in 1954. According to the government, the state government opposed the motion, saying that the president had the power to incorporate a new provision into the Constitution prescription, the Center recently expressed reservations .