Fiddling with 35A will amount to violating basic structure of Indian constitution: Mehbooba

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday criticized the move to bring in changes to the article 35A saying that constitution of India had conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir and any attempt to fiddle with it will amount to violating its basic structure.

In a series of tweets the PDP president, detailed out the importance of the article 35A.

She said that people of Jammu and Kashmir had  placed great faith in India by rejecting the two nation theory, “ The two nation theory was divisive and  driven by religion, instead we chose a democratic and secular India,” she wrote on her twitter handle.

She said that India should respect the article 35A and treat Kashmiris with dignity, “Now it is for the nation to respect that decision in its entirety. Instead of attempting to dilute J&K’s special status they should embrace it and treat Kashmiris with dignity,” Mehbooba wrote.

Talking about the alienation of Kashmiris from rest of India she said that the power politics of the centre was to be blamed for alienation of Kashmiris, “Kashmiris are often blamed for alienating themselves from rest of the country. But it is actually the dynamics of power politics which has made it difficult for the Centre to reconcile with the special status that J&K has held for more than 70 years,” she wrote.

Earlier in the day the Supreme court of India adjourned the hearing of petitions against the article 35A to August 27.

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