Time to unite to defend Article 35-A in SC: Muzaffar Shah

Appeals Guv to fulfill responsibility of defending special position to State

Srinagar, Jul 23: Jammu Kashmir Awami National Conference (JKANC) senior vice president Muzaffar Shah has suggested the leaders of all political parties and conscious people of the State to chart out a strategy to defend the petition against Article 35-A in Supreme Court, the hearing of which is going to take place on August 6, 2018.
Muzaffar Shah said it seems that the political leaders, civil society and those associated with mainstream are exhibiting careless approach regarding the issue.
He said the Article 35-A is an issue concerned with the future of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the need of the hour is to vehemently defend it.
Shah appealed Governor N N Vohra to fulfill the responsibility of defending the special position under Article 370 and Article 35-A guaranteed by the Constitution of India to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, as the Governor is the guardian of the constitution whether the State is under Governor rule or not.
“We hope that the Governor will put in place the legal mechanism for defending the Article 35-A in Supreme Court,” he said.
Shah termed the statement of former chief minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti as far from reality wherein she has said that 1984 like situation is visible on ground in the State. He said comparing the 1984 situation with 2018 is ridiculous as in 1984, the National Conference split into two parts and a new government came into power with the help of Congress.
“Then after just two years, when Congress put conditions, the then chief minister Khawaja Ghulam Mohammad Shah preferred resignation over submitting before Congress. While as today, the government formation is related to introduce the communalism of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in J&K, which is tantamount to creating a front against the secularists,” he said.
JKANC senior vice president said the biggest challenge right now in J&K is to put an end to political uncertainty prevailing in the State and this cannot be done by encouraging those elements upon which the people have no trust.
“New Delhi’s attempts to appoint any such political elements in charge in J&K will further deteriorate the situation,” he said.
Shah cited the example of PDP-BJP and said their alliance broke out in just three years as there was no understanding between the two parties.
“This alliance was formed only to grab power. Unfortunately, the politics has lost value. It is no more about honesty and serving the people but to amassing wealth through whatever means. This is the reason why political leaders and parties turn to that system which has power,” Muzaffar Shah said. (KNS)