Governor Malik’s assurance

Governor Malik’s assurance

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has put the speculations to rest about the scrapping of Article 35A. He has made it clear that there is no plan at any level to abrogate the Article 35A, which empowers state legislature to define the permanent residents of the state.
Governor Malik blamed politicians for spreading canards and vitiating the atmosphere in the Valley. His statement has come at a time when the Kashmir based parties have joined hands to “safeguard the special status” of the state. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has asked people to get ready for the “big fight.”
Peoples Conference led by Sajad Gani Lone and Peoples United Front led by Er Rasheed and Shah Faesal have declared that they are ready to form a united front to stop Centre from revoking the Article 35A.
Speculations about Centre planning to take some big decision vis-a-vis Kashmir were triggered few days ago when Ministry of Home Affairs decided to send 10,000 additional troops to J&K. A few government orders, which later the authorities termed as “fake” also added to the panic. War like hysteria led to people stocking the essentials and going for panic buying.
The Governor’s statement and indications about Assembly polls in J&K being on cards seem to have come as a relief for people. It seems that the Centre was testing the waters in the Valley. Mainstream parties coming together to defend the Article 35A seems to have made Centre change its mind at least for time being. People at the helm know that any law and order problem at this point of time could once again push Kashmir on the edge. However, BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav has said that the decision on the Article 35A would be taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the decision would benefit J&K.