Legal fraternity dismisses Modi's assurances to Mehbooba

Legal fraternity dismisses Modi's assurances to Mehbooba

Reacting to her statement, noted lawyer, Zaffar Ahmad Shah, said the central government has kept its options open.

The memorandum passed by the civil society states that the organization will establish contacts with civil society groups across India and apprise them about the inherent grave dangers and consequences of the proposed abrogation of Article 35A by New Delhi.

In Jammu region's Chenab Valley, the bandh call was issued by Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri and Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar against the "dilution of J&K's special status". One class has special access in Jammu and Kashmir and the other doesn't.

The Union government has rightly parted ways with the state government in front of the Supreme Court. The order was issued by the then President Rajendra Prasad on 14 May 1954 in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 370. "We stand by the words of CM Mehbooba Mufti". After the Constitution of India came into force in 1950, Part II of the Constitution dealing with citizenship was not made applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and parliament had no power to make laws for the state on citizenship.

Today, there was a complete shutdown in Kashmir against any attempt to strike down Article 35A of the Constitution which defines Permanent Residents of the state and prevents outsiders from buying and owning property in the state.

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"Supreme Court will not acknowledge the assurance of the Supreme Court".

The following arguments are put forward against the Article 35A.

He, however, was quick to add that as far as PDP-BJP alliance was concerned, they are bound by the AoA and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also cleared that status quo would be maintained. Even from a political point, the existence of such special legal provisions for Jammu and Kashmir is indirectly an acknowledgment in front of the worldwide community that the state is a disputed territory and therefore, it has a special status within the country.

Speaking on the same, Singh said, "The coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir takes the agenda of the alliance and takes decisions". Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that there is an improvement in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Before reaching out to PM Modi, Mehbooba held talks with Farooq Abdullah, the president of J&K's prime opposition party - National Conference.