Panun Kashmir president Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, during a press conference here, said, “We…think the time has come for removal of these provisions (Article 370 and 35A) which only helped growth of secessionist, separatism and terrorism in the state”.
The PIL, seeking that Article 35A be struck down, said the state government, under the guise of Article 35A and Article 370, has been discriminating against non-residents who are debarred from buying properties, getting a government job or voting in the local elections.
The prevailing situation in the Valley shows that Article 370 has created a separatist psyche and acts as a breeding ground for separatist emotion”, said BJP spokesperson Prof Virender Gupta
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that “questioning the special status of Jammu and Kashmir will in fact put a question mark on the accession itself”.
Mehbooba Mufti said that the implementation of the “agenda of alliance” has not been conducive. “… I would not blame the BJP leadership alone. The circumstances did not give us enough time to work on those things.”
President Panun Kashmir Ashwani Chrungoo claimed the Article 370 of the Constitution infringes the fundamental rights of the Indian citizens “in context of Jammu and Kashmir state in many ways”.
Petitioner requested the court to make all laws valid for J&K
The high court bench has answered the questions raised in the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 370.
The J&K High Court has observed that Article 370 embodied “conceptual framework of relationship” between union of India and Jammu and Kashmir.
Article 370 gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The J&K Study Centre says Article 35A is unconstitutional because it was added by a Presidential order, without the approval of Parliament.
“One thing is very clear, that we are in coalition in J-K, but we have ideological differences. We have to accept that. And that is very true,” said MoS Jitendra Singh.
BJP president Amit Shah said the party was not on the back foot on the ram mandir issue or on article 370 and a decision would be taken at the right time.
Abrogation of Article 370 continues to be part of the core ideology of BJP but right now we don’t have enough numbers in Parliament to do away with it, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
The outfit Virat Hindustan Sangam will empower the youth to articulate the “values” of Hindutva, said Swamy.