Abrogation of Article 35-A will lead to bigger revolt than 2008: Farooq

Srinagar

After the controversy over ‘attempts to abrogate’ Article 35-A former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and incumbent member Parliament Farooq Abdullah on Monday chaired a meeting of opposition parties in Srinagar.

Abdullah warned the Centre saying that if Article 35 A is repealed it will lead to uprising “far stronger” than 2008 Amarnath land row, reports said.

Article 35 A confers special rights and privileges on permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting of opposition comes after controversy due to a petition filed by a non-governmental organisation seeking abrogation of the constitutional provision.

Due to article 35 A, special privileges are enjoyed by permanent residents of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in matters related to employment, acquisition of immovable property, settlements and scholarships

Warning Centre he said, “Don’t forget when that Amaranth [land row] happened overnight people rose.”

He said that abrogation of Article 35 would lead to far greater revolt than Amaranth land row.

“I wonder whether they [government] would be able to hold that,” Abdullah said

He termed the meeting as important for making people understand that abrogation of article 35 A would affect all three regions – Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

The meeting was attended by J&K Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Peoples Democratic Front chairman Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen, Democratic Party Nationalist president Ghulam Hassan Mir, CPI(M) state secretary M Y Tarigami.

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