Mehbooba Meets Opposition Leaders

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Srinagar: As the opposition over proposed petition on abrogation of Article 35A intensifies, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met opposition political parties to discuss future course of action.

JKPCC president G A Mir and the opposition leaders CPI (M) State Secretary, M Y Tarigami, PDF Chairman Hakeem Yaseen, DPN president Ghulam Hassan Mir met the CM at her Gupkar residence.

They suggested the chief minister that an all party delegation should meet the Prime Minister and apprise him about the issue and its the impact its annulment can have on Jammu and Kashmir.

While Mir met CM on Tuesday evening, the three leaders met her today morning at her residence.

Sources said that Chief Minister rang up G A Mir and invited him for a meeting at her Gupkar residence on Tuesday evening at 8.

Mir later said that he met the chief minister, expressed his concerns over the issue and suggested that all the political parties and the people in the state need to come together for protection of Article 35 A.

“I told the chief minister that her role is very important as she is the head of the government and heads the alliance with BJP. She will be responsible for any tinkering with the Article 35 A,” Mir said , according to KNS.

He said that the Congress party is ready for the support to the government for protection of the special status of the state. “Our duty is to defend the Article,” he said.

The Congress leader said that he felt the Chief Minister is “serious” and has “realised her mistake of bargaining her basic ideology for chair”.

“May be her meetings (over Article 35 A) with the opposition is a signal to her alliance partner about any move to weaken the Article 35 A and special status of the state,” he said.

Tarigami said that the leaders besides other measures suggested the CM that a delegation of senior leaders and politicians should meet PM Modi and apprise him about the fallout of the removal of the article.

“We told the chief minister that the issue is very crucial and abrogation of the Article 35 A will be dangerous for the country and the state.

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