Soz For All Parties Meet With PM On Art 35A

SRINAGAR — Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Saifuddin Soz on Monday suggested that an all-party delegation of Jammu and Kashmir should call on PM Modi and Home minister to defend Article 35-A.

 “Let a delegation of all the mainstream parties call on PM and Home Minister and propose that the Govt. of India should take a position before the Supreme Court and assert that the Union wants that the Article 35-A, which confers special safeguards to the people of J&K State in respect of jobs, possession of land and property etc., be protected,” Soz said in a press statement.

Hailing the people of Jammu and Ladakh for supporting Article 35-A, Soz said: “The people of Kashmir have shown a unique sense of solidarity on the need to safeguard Article 35-A of the Constitution of India. It is a heartening situation that certain sections of society in Jammu and Ladakh have also realized that Article 35-A cannot be abrogated.”

Soz hit out at the Centre for what he said watching the situation from a distance.

“In my opinion, it is ridiculous for the Central government to watch the situation from a distance and be unmindful of the turmoil that can be caused by any attempt to amend Article 35-A, against the will of the people of J&K State,” Soz in a statement said.

PDP Discusses Safeguarding Article 35-A

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Monday held a detailed meeting of leaders, activists and legislators of central Kashmir and deliberated in detail over the present political scenario and reviewed the measures being taken  to strengthen the party at the grass-roots.

PDP chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir said in a statement issued here that PDP President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti chaired a meeting of party’s central Kashmir team at her official residence here in which besides the legislators and other party functionaries of District Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam, party’s vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri and General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura also participated.

The meeting held the detailed discussions over the party’s forthcoming strategy to defend the Article 35-A and safeguarding of state’s unique position. The participants also hailed the persistent efforts of the PDP President for making defence of 35-A at the supreme court her prime concern and sending the team of legal experts including Muzaffar Hussain Beigh to defend the case at the country’s top court.

According to the spokesman, the meeting also deliberated in detail the present political scenario of the state and measures needed to strengthen the party at the grass-roots. The leaders also put forth their viewpoints about the steps needed to be taken for consistent connect with the workers and party activists on the ground across the state. 

NC SC Cell Stages Protests In Favour Of Article 35A

National Conference SC Cell has stressed the crucial need of safeguarding Article 35A of the Constitution saying it reflects the identity and dignity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Leading a protest march of the workers, the co-chairperson of the Cell, Mr Vijay Lochan said that the people of the State would not allow Article 35A to be weakened or repealed, as it related to economic sustenance and jobs of the youth.

“An attempt of weakening this Act will tantamount to usurping the rights of the vast mass of the unemployed youth and exposing the business community to threat from non-state subjects who may come over to the state,” he said in press statement.

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