August 2017 News

'Victims' Of Article 35A To Reach Delhi Tomorrow

26 August 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: To counter Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her party ministers' campaign to mobilise support for Article 35A, 'victims' of this provision of the Constitution are going to Delhi on August 28 to brief the Central leadership about their unending 'plight'. Besides Central leaders of the BJP, these victims will also try to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. 'On our mission to counter the wicked campaign launched by Kashmir-centric parties, including the ruling PDP, we will reach Delhi on August 28 to meet the Central leadership of the BJP and some ministers of the Union Government,' Labha Ram Gandhi, leader of West Pakistan refugees told The Tribune, adding, 'During our stay at Delhi, we will try to meet the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister to remind them of the promises of basic human rights to us.' Gandhi said West Pakistani refugees were already in touch with Valmikis, Gorkhas and some women-married outside J&K to jointly intensify the legal as well as political fight against 'discriminatory' Article 35A. 'We are fully confident that the Centre is not going to oppose the abrogation of this Article in the apex court because the Central leadership is aware that 'neglected and marginalised' section of the society is bearing the maximum brunt.' 'The Union Government has already assured that it will solve all issues pertaining to the West Pakistan refugees,' Gandhi said while recalling their meeting with the Prime Minister on May 7, 2015, at New Delhi. As reported earlier, West Pakistan refugees have taken initiatives to bring all victims of Article 35A under one umbrella to intensify the battle. After Mehbooba Mufti's meeting with the Prime Minister to protect this Article, 'victims' had announced to counter the ongoing campaign in favour of this provision. Gandhi has also warned the BJP leadership against succumbing before the pressure tactics of those who are supporting this Article.