Shaheen cautions BJP against any misadventure with Art 35-A

Banihal, Mar 5: National Conference on Tuesday staged a protest in Banihal against the overt and covert attempts being made by the BJP to repeal Article 35 -A to deprive the people of Jammu and Kashmir of their legitimate rights guaranteed in the Constitution of India.
Party leader and District president Ramban, Sajjad Shaheen while addressing a well attended gathering of the party functionaries and office bearers during the day long workers meeting in the party office later today, said that any tinkering with this special provision will be fought tooth and nail by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, as such a move can jeopradise their economic interests, deprive youth of their share in jobs among other things.
He said this constitutional guarantee is the manifestation of state-subject laws enacted by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1923 and a long drawn struggle launched by the Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
Reiterating the stand of National Conference on Article 35A, the District President said this is a formidable bridge between the State and Union of India, which had been incorporated in the Constitution after due thought. Impairing this provision will amount to weakening the strong bonds between the state and the country, he said and cautioned the BJP against any misadventure in this regard.
Sajjad Shaheen asked those whipping up passions over this issue and further alienating the people of Jammu and Kashmir from national mainstream to have indepth study of the Constitution of India and get updated how other parts of the country like Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Goa etc enjoyed special and unique status as per various sub sections (A to G) of Article 371. Shaheen lamented that Jammu and Kashmir was being singled out just to satiate the communal agenda of BJP.
Shaheen also expressed dismay over government’s decision of banning Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir saying suppression breeds radicalization and said that banning JeI, the government will achieve nothing but giving it a dissident glamour. The move will not help; it will rather impede the process of reconciliation and rapprochement in our state.”
Shaheen said that it does not augur well for a working democracy like ours to ban socio-political outfits and further added that JeI has been playing a vital role in providing education to thousands of children by running hundreds of quality educational institutes and extending all necessary help to thousands of economically downtrodden people across the state. (KNS)