NC, Cong Leaders Meet Vohra

SRINAGAR  — National Conference’s eleven-member delegation and a senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz Thursday separately called on Governor N N Vohra and discussed the concerns about Article 35A of the Constitution, which relates to special rights and privileges of the state’s permanent residents.

The meeting comes ahead of a Supr eme Court hearing, scheduled for August 6, on petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A.

Article 35A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the Jammu and Kashmir citizens and denies property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state.

11-member NC delegation meets Governor, express concern over challenge to Article 35 A  

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“The delegation put forth its concerns relating to the legal challenge to the Article 35 A of the Indian Constitution,” an official spokesman said. headed by party’s general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, present in the delegation were Shamima Firdous, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Mubarak Gull, Ferooz Ahmad Khan, Nasir Aslam Wani,   Haji Mohd. Syed Akhoon, Mohd. Irfan Shan, Peer Aafaq Ahmed, Bashir Ahmad Ganaie, Ghulam Rasool Naqvi and  and Haji Hanifa John. 

The main petition demanding scrapping of Article 35A was filed before the apex court in 2014 by an RSS-linked NGO ‘We the Citizens’.

“I stressed the fact that the people of the state can, under no circumstances, compromise their commitment for protection of the Article 35A, which confers special privileges to the people of the J-K state,” Soz said in a statement.

“I also stressed the fact that one way could be that the RSS sees reason to withdraw the case from the Supreme Court,” Soz said in a statement.

The governor assured Soz that he (Vohra) would keep the concerned authorities at political and administrative levels informed of the developments and said that he was sure that serious note will be taken of people’s feelings.

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