Article 370: Mehbooba says PM assures no fidgeting with J-K special status - watsupptoday.com
Article 370: Mehbooba says PM assures no fidgeting with J-K special status
Posted 12 Aug 2017 11:19 AM

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday who she said assured her of no fidgeting with Article 370, which grants special status to her state.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of a debate on Article 35A of the Constitution, which was added to Article 370 in 1954 by a presidential decree, and is being challenged in the Supreme Court.

Mufti is fighting growing calls from her ally BJP to abrogate the law, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges.

“Discussions on 35A have a negative impact on Jammu & Kashmir, it should not happen. The basis of our agenda of alliance is that status quo of 370 has to maintained. None of us can go against that,” said Mufti.

The Jammu and Kashmir BJP had upped the ante with its spokesperson Virendra Gupta on Thursday saying time had come to bid a farewell to Article 370 and Article 35A as they created a “separatist psyche”.

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