Article 35A brings 27 trade bodies together

Srinagar

Twenty-seven bodies from Jammu and Kashmir on Monday addressed a press conference at Sangarmal complex in Srinagar.

27 Kashmir Trade Bodies while addressing a press conference at Sangarmal complex in Srinagar, KL photo by Bilal Bahadur

The spokesman in a statement said that Press Conference has been necessitated to exhibit our unity in protesting the attempted onslaught on our hereditary state subject law. We are accompanied by the representatives from a cross section of the society comprising the civil society formations including business chambers and federations, transporters, tourism fraternity, horticulturists, industrialists, academia and other social, religious and cultural organizations.

He said that our state subject laws have been under attack ever since a PIL was filed by NGO “We the Citizens” and admitted by the supreme court of India that challenges the validity of Article 35-A of Indian constitution. It needs to be reminded that Article 35-A affords a protective shield to the hereditary state subject law of Jammu and Kashmir that is in existence since 1927. After the admission of this petition, the Supreme Court also took cognizance of 4 other petitions filed by various groups and individuals and clubbed all these with the main petition. History is witness to the fact that Article 35-A was enacted in the constitution of India in the year 1954 and since then several petitions were filed by different groups and individuals to challenge this Act. However, all such petitions would get dismissed before their admission by the Supreme Court only because of the prompt and appropriate defense by successive Governments at New Delhi.

However, this time a situation has arisen when Government of India has bizarrely declined to defend their own provision of the constitution as it has not filed any Counter to the said PIL. This speaks volumes about the complicity of GOI in the attempt of removing or tinkering with the Article 35 A.

We wish to inform the general public that if the said Article is removed or tinkered with, then the rights of original citizens of Jammu and Kashmir on their immovable property and other such rights would be taken away and all Indians would be afforded a right to establish their settlements in length and breadth of the state pushing away the original citizens. It is pertinent to say that the purpose behind this PIL is devious to change the demographic character of Jammu Kashmir and alter the nature of the dispute that is internationally recognized.

The worry among the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir to resist against the attempted onslaught is very much justified.  Let us make it amply clear that the hereditary state subject law of Jammu and Kashmir shall be protected at any cost even on the lives of the citizens and no tampering with this law would ever be tolerated. The powers that be are hereby put on notice to take all necessary steps to get the PIL filed by NGO dismissed at the earliest in order to save themselves from its political ramifications and consequences. This matter is related to the life and death of the people of Jammu Kashmir and we all are ready to spill our blood to safeguard this law.

As we have already stated that the protest of the people of Jammu Kashmir on this issue is in all purposes legal and necessary. Various organizations mentioned hereunder have unanimously charted out a strategy and program to contest the onslaught that has already been communicated and shall be followed by individual organizations initially till August 6, 2018, the day of the hearing. We also hereby announce our full support to the call of strike given by JRL on August 5, 6, 2018.

Thye organizations who participated in the press conference include

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI),  Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF Y), Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA Y), Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA F), Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF R), Federation Chamber of Industry of Kashmir (FCIK M), Jammu Kashmir Socio-Economic Coordination committee (JKSECC), Kashmir economic forum (KEF), Jammu and Kashmir contractors’ coordination committee, Kashmir Center for social and development studies (KCSDS), J & K JCCOPS, Kashmir valley fruit growers/ Dealers union, Western bus service, Haji-Pir transport company, Kashmir Motor drivers Association. (KMD), Western motor transport company, New Kashmir Transport Company, Star Transport Company, Tourist Taxi Operators Association, Joint coordination committee of taxi Associations Parimpora, All Kashmir auto Rickshaw drivers Association, Kashmir hotel and restaurant association JK Hoteliers Club, Associated Chamber of commerce and Industries Kashmir (CCIK), Houseboat Owners Association, Batamaloo Traders Association, All traders joint coordination committee Batamaloo.

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