Srinagar: The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, reiterated that Article 370, which grants special autonomous status to the state, should remain intact.
In a series of tweets, Mufti demanded autonomy and self-government in the Valley, saying that “democracy is a battle of ideas and dialogue is the only way forward.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an unprecedented mandate and can create history by changing the narrative in Jammu and Kashmir. ”
“The country should take advantage of the geostrategic location of Jammu and Kashmir and revive its traditional routes to encourage greater economic activity.” Article 370 is the nation’s commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and, therefore, must be honored. , said J & K CM another tweet said.
Mufti’s remarks come at a time when some state leaders of the BJP have demanded the elimination of Article 370.
Professor Virender Gupta, a spokesman for J & K BJP, said recently that Article 370 is responsible for keeping the resolute issue of J & K alive and encourages separatists and outside forces to interfere in the internal affairs of India.
“The time has come when the people of Jammu and Kashmir should say goodbye to Article 370 and ask the Government of India to revoke Article 35A,” he said.
Article 370 grants a special status to J & K, while article 35 A, added to the Indian Constitution through a presidential order, empowers the J & K legislature to define the “permanent residents” of the state and its rights and special privileges.
The BJP is part of the governing alliance at J & K, where it partnered with the PDP.
Article 35 A has been the subject of attention after two women from Kashmir approached the Supreme Court and questioned it. They affirmed that they had deprived their children of rights.
On October 30, the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing challenging Article 35A of the Constitution granting special rights to the natives of Jammu and Kashmir, as the central government told the court that it could have implications for the dialogue held by its interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma to find a solution to the problematic situation of the state.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Judge AM Khanwilkar and Judge DY Chandrachud suspended the case for eight weeks while Attorney General KK Venugopal informed the court that the Special Representative of the Center was in dialogue with different stakeholders to find a solution and listen the challenge to Article 35A takes place, then it will have some effect.