Complete shutdown being observed in occupied Kashmir against anti-Kashmir constitutional amendment

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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).

Officials in the home ministry had said yesterday that its law officers would be presenting legal aspects related to Article 35A only and would refrain from joining the case.

The Article empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state's "permanent residents" and their special rights and privileges and recently came under focus after two Kashmiri women approached the Supreme Court, challenging it had disenfranchised their children.

Ironically, while the PDP is a strong votary of continuing with the special status, its ruling partner the BJP contested elections on the plank that it would revoke the constitutional position for Jammu and Kashmir's complete integration with the rest of India. The BJP accused the NC of trying to create a fear psychosis among people of Jammu over Article 35A.

"We demand that the rights of all the people of all the three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh-should be protected and there should be no discrimination".

Article 35A was inserted in the constitution through a presidential decree in 1954. "So the message that Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India should be reiterated". For mainstream political parties, who are confronting their biggest ever crisis these days, leaders are unsure if they can continue as mainstream (pro-India ) politicians if the Supreme Court strikes down the law.

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. She further said that the basis of her PDP's alliance with the BJP is that the "status quo of 370 has to be maintained".

NGO filed is seeking to strike down the Article 35A.

It has been 70 years since Article 370 was imposed on J&K.

"Supreme Court will not acknowledge the assurance of the Supreme Court".

Mehbooba flew to the national capital earlier in the day to meet PM Modi, amid the ongoing debate over the constitutional validity of Articles 370 and 35A, which detractors attribute to the "growing separatist psyche" in the Valley.