August 2018 News

'35A Being Used To Reap Political Benefits'

1 August 2018
Kashmir Reader
Muhammad Raafi

Srinagar: Former Deputy CM of J&K and senior BJP leader Kavinder Gupta on Wednesday said that even though the matter of Article 35A was sub-judice in the Supreme Court, the Hurriyat Conference and other Kashmiri political parties were politicising it to their advantage. Talking to Kashmir Reader, Gupta said that the Hurriyat was trying to 'instigate the people of Kashmir against the State' by the means of Article 35A. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising both the factions of Hurriyat Conference and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF has threatened an agitation if Article 35A is tinkered with. The JRL has also called for a two-day shutdown on August 5 and 6 to make Kashmiri voices heard even as the Supreme Court is set to hear on August 6 four petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of Article 35A. Gupta said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir must understand that the matter was sub-judice and holding protests was contempt of court. 'As far as the BJP is concerned, we will respect the verdict of the Supreme Court on the issue,' he said. Governor NN Vohra has sought deferment of the hearing on Article 35A until an elected government is in place in J&K. A slew of petitions challenging Article 35A have been clubbed together by the Supreme Court. In Kashmir, both mainstream and separatist leaders have warned of agitations if any part of the Article is 'tinkered with'. The special provision was added to the Constitution of India through a Presidential Order on May 14, 1954. Meanwhile, Kashmir-based trade and business organisations on Wednesday began their week-long protest programme against the Supreme Court hearing scheduled on August 6.