CMs of J&K, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu call on PM Modi

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Article 35A of the Indian constitution is being challenged in the Supreme Court. "The time has come when the people of Jammu & Kashmir should say goodbye to Article 370 and ask the government of India to revoke Article 35 A", he said.

Additional General Secretary, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal Saturday said if Government of India (GoI) "uses judiciary" to abrogate Article 35-A, then the accession of Jammu Kashmir with India ends.

The BJP, which is an alliance partner in the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in the state, has been calling for the scrapping of the special provision since the party's inception in 1980.

The Article was added to the Indian Constitution (Mentioned in Appendix II) through a Presidential Order -The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954. It is effectively linked to the larger of question of citizenship and applicability of constitutional provisions to people of the state as citizens of India. "Constitution of India and Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir govern our living and existence but we have been vested with certain rights and we will protect those rights", he said. A permanent resident was defined as - A person who was born or settled in J&K before 1911 or has been resident in the state for 10 years after lawfully acquiring property in State.

They will because they have nurtured separatists for their political gains.

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The clock is ticking on the final disposal of the case against Article 35A.

The veteran NC leader and the son of former Prime Minister of Jammu Kashmir, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, said while the chief minister had said that the Prime Minister had promised her that the State's special status would not be touched, this announcement had not been made by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). She added that Mr Modi "gave 100 per cent assurance on the agenda of alliance". Attorney General KK Venugopal is expected to explain before the apex court these aspects.

So far, the Centre has not taken any stand on the issue which has unnerved the entire mainstream polity in Kashmir.

Mehbooba Mufti, who met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, said Jammu and Kashmir was indeed a "Muslim majority state" but one also needed to note that "Hindus also live there, Sikhs and Buddhists also live there". She has already met with the opposition leader Farooq Abdullah seeking support on the issue. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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