Neither Trifurcation Nor Article 35A Issue This Time: Governor


SRINAGAR — Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday said fears regarding state’s special status and trifurcation talk were misplaced and nothing of sort was imminently happening as per his opinion.

“As we keep on discussing with leadership in New Delhi, nothing has come to fore that something is imminently happening,” Malik said in an interview here.

“Regarding talks about the doing away of the two Articles (35A and 370) or trifurcation of the state (statehood for Jammu and declaring Kashmir and Ladakh union territories), all these things would come from Parliament. It cannot happen in jiffy. First it would come in public domain. There would be discussion first and then it would be passed by the parliament. The present parliament session will last for two days and I don’t see anything of sort happening,” he added and asked people to “use their mind.”

“In my opinion there is nothing happening for which people should be worried,” he reiterated.

Regarding the whip issued by the BJP, asking all its MPs to remain present in the parliament, he said: “Every since the parliament session started, whips are issued regularly particularly during last days when bills are passed. If its extended parliament (session), it is imperative that some very important bills would be there and some bills would be there for which whip has been issued. It’s very routine matter.”

The governor also claimed the NIT students were scheduled to have vacations from Monday and “as such they left”. “Nobody is going out from Kashmir university hostels nor are we closing any school,” he added.

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