Modi to stay with coalition agenda, article 35(A) stays: Mehbooba

Life across the Kashmir Valley was on Saturday adversely affected due to a shutdown called against the judicial scrutiny of Article 35A that gives irrevocable finality to the special rights to state subjects in Jammu Kashmir state. Pakistan's foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakria on Thursday had accused India of trying to alter the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.

The BJP, which is an alliance partner in the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in the state, has been calling for the scrapping of the special provision since the party's inception in 1980. "What happened to her claims of starting talks with separatists, opening roads with Pakistan and self-rule?"

After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, CM Mehbooba Mufti also met the BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav as "part of consensus building against any erosion of special status", as per the agenda of the alliance.

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Pointing out that the state is governed by Indian Constitution as well as the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, Rana said: "We have been vested with certain rights and we will fight for their protection". After the Constitution of India came into force in 1950, Part II of the Constitution dealing with citizenship was not made applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and parliament had no power to make laws for the state on citizenship. He added that what PM says on the issue, only matters.

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), August 12: Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr. Nirmal Singh on Saturday said that Article 35 (A) is a constitutional matter and that the Supreme court will take any decision related to it.

The NGO contended that the 1954 order was supposed to be a temporary provision.

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It has been 70 years since Article 370 was imposed on J&K.

A complete shutdown is being observed in Occupied Kashmir today against the Indian plans to abrogate Article 35A of Indian Constitution to convert the Muslim majority into minority of the valley. Any decision by the Supreme Court will have far-reaching consequences. "The Prime Minister gave 100% assurance on the agenda of alliance", J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said on the BJP-PDP alliance after meeting with the Prime Minister. More than 6,000 mainstream party workers, mainly from Farooq Abdullah's National Conference, have been killed during militancy just because they stood by the covenant.

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