PDP delegation meets Vohra, seeks adequate defence in SC

SRINAGAR: A PDP delegation has met the governor N N Vohra and suggesting to him that the state’s defense of Article 35 A should be strong and adequate. Senior party leader Abdul Rehman Veeri led the delegation.

Party insiders said the decision to convey the party concerns to the Raj Bhawan was taken in a party meeting on Wednesday.

Though the exact details of the interactions were not immediately known, sources said the governor has conveyed that the party wants the state government to have a strong defense of Article 35A because it is fundamental to the constitutional relationship between Delhi and Srinagar.

The delegation also suggested governor that some of the decisions that the previous BJPDP government had taken should not be reversed. “These decisions include the opening of new colleges and the schools,” one party insider said. “These decisions were taken after due process and the government must not change them.”

Meanwhile, the Party chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir in a statement issued said the senior PDP leader Abdul Rahman Veeri who led the delegation was flanked by the senior party leaders which include Dr Mehboob Beg, Nizam-ud-din Bhat,  Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Zahoor Ahmad.

The delegation as per the chief spokesman while meeting the Governor conveyed concern over the offenses being launched against the special status of the state and also underscored the need of defending Article 35-A in the Supreme Court for state’s overall prosperity and tranquillity.

The delegation also highlighted the need to defend the Article in the Supreme Court with the same seriousness as was exhibited by the PDP when it was the part of the government in the state.

The delegation apprised the Governor about how the PDP led dispensation had engaged the top lawyers of the country and made its senior ministers to camp in the national capital during the entire proceedings of the case. The delegation expressed hope that the Governor administration will take similar serious measures to defend state’s special position of Jammu and Kashmir in the top court of the country.

The delegation, according to the chief spokesman, also pitched for speeding up of the developmental projects in the state that were executed during the tenure of PDP led regime.  The delegation submitted further that the construction of the new degree colleges in the state and up gradation of schools, already approved by the PDP led coalition, need to be taken up more rigorously so that within the fixed time frame, these projects are completed and made functional.

The delegation also pitched for the confirmation of the services of youth engaged as Tourist facilitators and Floriculture facilitators in the state.  It stated that the youth engaged were qualified enough and selection was made on merit to benefit the two most vital sectors of the state.

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