Mehbooba's Article 35-A Rant: Cracks appear in PDP-BJP alliance

Mehbooba Mufti Kashmir National Flag in Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Supreme Court President of India Peoples Democratic Party

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister also spoke on issues like Article 35-A, which gives special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, and said efforts should be made that no one tinkers with it.

However, Mehbooba said at the same time, there was a lot of trust and despite a negative campaign by a number of television news channels, thousands of people from across India still visited Kashmir and thousands of Kashmiris studied in various colleges across India.

The provision was implemented in 1954 when then President Rajendra Prasad used the powers conferred on him by Article 370 to introduce the "Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order 1954".

"The petitioners ironically can work and buy property anywhere in India, infact the world, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir to which her ancestors belonged to".

Mehbooba went on to add, "Let me be very clear".

With the Supreme Court directing the Union of India to seek directions, the case has been listed to be heard on August 14.

He told reporters on Saturday, July 29: "We are greatly shocked and surprised by the statement of Mehbooba that by challenging Article 35-A, the nationalist forces in the Valley get weakened and that India will not get a shoulder to carry its national flag in the state".

As told to IANS, Mufti praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership but said that for her "India is Indira".

The tussle amid times of strife in the northern state could lead to more problems for both parties, while the National Conference - led by Farooq Abdullah and Omar - might look to take advantage of it. We need to replace the idea of Azadi with another idea, a better idea, but are we ready to do that?

She said JK is the crown of India.

Mehbooba said she has been repeatedly stressing that ideas can not be jailed. Maybe some people won't like it but she was the India.

About her party's alliance with the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she said she believed they could revive the magic of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

She has challenged the notification dated April 20, 1927 issued by the Maharaja Bahadur of Kashmir, which takes away the right of a wife or widow otherwise available to them as state subject unless she resides in State and does not leave the state for permanent residence outside the State. The India that embraced us on our terms. "There should be (full) body scanners (for trucks) so that we know what is coming in and what is going out from here", she said.

The Lahore Declaration is a bilateral agreement and governance treaty between India and Pakistan which was signed in 1999 before the Kargil war.

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