Fingers crossed

Fingers crossed
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As the Supreme Court is all set to hear the petitions against the Article 35A on Friday, people in Kashmir have kept their fingers crossed as everyone wants this vital Article to remain intact.
Legal experts are of the opinion that the three-judge bench of the Supreme Court can dismiss pleas against Article 35A, or refer the question of law to a Constitution Bench.
Under Article 35A, the J&K legislature is empowered to define permanent residents of the state and grant special rights and privileges to them.
There are bunch of petitions challenging this Article in the Supreme Court. The petitioners are arguing that this Article needs to be scrapped to pave the way for complete merger of Jammu and Kashmir into the union of India.
People who are opposing the revocation of this Article are of the opinion that this Article has remained at place for the past seven decades and it has not made any difference. And it should not be revoked. This Article has helped the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to preserve their identity. If this Article is scrapped it would weaken the Article 370, which many people believe is a bridge between the Union of India and J&K.
In 2014 a little known NGO “We The Citizens” had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking abrogation of the Article 35A on the ground that it was not added to the Constitution following the procedure prescribed in the Article 368 of the Indian Constitution. In response the J&K Government filed a counter-affidavit and sought dismissal of the petition, the Government of India did not file objections to the petition. As many as five petitions stand filed in the Supreme Court against the Article 35A.
Legal experts are of the opinion if the matter is referred to the constitutional bench then the hearing would go on but if the matter is not referred then the final decision could be on the cards.