August 2018 News

Bizmen Take Out Protest March Over Article 35A

1 August 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: The business community of the Kashmir on Wednesday staged a protest in the summer capital over 'threat of abrogation' of Article 35A of the Constitution. The Kashmir Inc has already announced a series of protests till August 6 when the hearing on Article 35A is scheduled in the Supreme Court. Members of several traders' bodies, including the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, and All Joint Traders and Transporters Coordination Committee, Batamaloo, among other groups held a 'silent protest march' from Residency Road to the Press Enclave area. Talking to reporters, KCCI president Javid Tenga expressed concern over the 'threat' to abrogate Article 35A through 'mischievous scheme'. He also appealed to the Supreme Court for the 'dismissal of the petition on the grounds of being mischievous and motivated'. 'The business community of the state would not shirk from shedding every drop of their blood for protection of the special status of the state. Any attempt to alter it would have disastrous consequences,' Tenga said. Twentyseven Valley-based traders' bodies had on Monday unanimously announced the launch of a series of protests and also extended 'full support' to the joint resistance leadership's programme on the issue. The separatists have threatened a mass agitation, besides calling for a strike on August 5 and 6.