SrinagarFormer union minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday urged the Government of India to clear its stand on Article 35-A of the constitution.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Srinagar, Sinha, who along with members of his Concerned Citizens Group was on a two-day Kashmir visit, said people of Kashmir are concerned over the Article 35-A and they are hopeful that GoI will clear its position on the matter that has snowballed into a major controversy.
The members of the group include Executive Director, Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), Sushobha Barve, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.), Kapil Kak and senior journalist, Bharat Bhushan.
There is much concern about Article 35-A among the people. The Government of India should clear its stand on it. The State Government has filed its petition on 35-A in Supreme Court, he said.
Pertinently, Article 35A of the Indian Constitution is an article that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define permanent residents of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.
Sinha said that majority of people in Kashmir as well as India want peace in the Valley.
The two majorities should get together so that we are able to bring peace together here, he said. He added that people of Kashmir are in pain due to unsettled condition of issues and maintained that there is need to make lives of common people of Kashmir better.
Sinha meets CM
The delegation of prominent citizens led by former Foreign Minister, Yashwant Sinha called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today.
The delegation apprised the Chief Minister about the series of meetings they had with various sections of society. They also informed her about their impressions of the situation in the State and its steady improvement.
The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the group in reaching out to the people of the State while underscoring the need for continuous engagement between people and societies. She said civil society has contributed immensely in present day world in reducing frictions and acrimonies between societies and resolving issues among people.
Sinha meets Governor
Yashwant Sinha also met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhawan here today.
Sinha shared his experiences with the Governor who stressed the importance of the regional parties in J&K and all the stakeholders, particularly the civil society, playing a lead role for securing restoration of peace and normalcy.
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