Omar Abdullah Expresses Concern About Abrogation Of Article 35A
Jammu & Kashmir: As the Supreme Court hinted at referring petitions against Articles 370 and 35A of the constitution, which gives special provisions to J&K to a constitution bench, the National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Monday expressed concern that it would lead to an end of state laws. He also said that jobs and scholarships would be snatched away by outside people.
Addressing a gathering, Omar said, “Provisions that are stated under article 35 (A) were initiated by Raja Hari Singh. If this is scrapped by the Supreme Court, it would end state subject laws. People from other states will gain access to buy property in the region, avail educational scholarships for their children, relief material and bag government jobs, the four main things that Raja Hari Singh protected us from.”
Omar alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has constantly encouraged and asked for the removal of Article 35 (A), and also tried to suppress any opposition against it. He also criticized that this was a conspiracy by the ruling BJP-PDP coalition.
Omar also clarified that they never encouraged bloodshed and that they would not fall prey to their conspiracy. He cautioned people not to get carried away by their propaganda.
Arguing that abrogation of Article 35 (A) would not benefit anybody, Abdullah said that as the BJP knew that it would not be possible to scrap Article 370 through Parliament, has approached the court and asked others to fight on their behalf.
However, speaking to media after his speech, Omar said that Hurriyat, which does not believe in the Indian constitution, has no business to comment on Article 35A.
The Article 35 (A) incorporated in the constitution allows Jammu and Kashmir legislature to determine as to who can be regarded as permanent residents of the state and grant special privileges. The Article also prohibits people from other parts of the country from acquiring property in the state or from taking up state government jobs.