Article 35A is not a Hurriyat baby, rules Omar

Srinagar

Former J&K chief minister and National Conference (NC) Working President, Omar Abdullah on Monday said that Hurriyat Conference has no business to comment on Article 35A.
While addressing media persons in Jammu after a party function he said: “The Hurriyat Conference, which does not believe in the Constitution of India, has no business to comment on 35A,” opined Omar.

“Provisions which are stated under article 35 (A) were initiated by Raja Hari Singh. If this is scrapped by the Supreme Court, it will end state subject laws. People from other states will gain access to buy property in the region, avail educational scholarships for their children, relief material and bag government jobs; the four main things that Raja Hari Singh protected us from,” he was quoted saying.

Abdullah claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has constantly batted for the removal of Article 35 (A), and has attempted to suppress any opposition arising against the same.

Saying nobody is going to benefit from the removal of article 35 he added, “Surprisingly, the BJP made an issue of 35A as a case of Jammu versus Kashmir. They say it will benefit Kashmir but adversely affect Jammu.”

Meanwhile, reports said that a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will hear a petition challenging Article 35A on August 29.

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