National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Monday said if BJP succeeds in scrapping the Article 35A through court, the state subject laws in Jammu and Kashmir will end. He said people from outside will come and buy property in the state, get government jobs, scholarships for their children and various aids.

The former J&K chief minister said that Bharatiya Janata Party tried to scrap the Article 370 but realised it wouldn’t be possible through Parliament and that’s why they approached the court and asked others to fight the case.

“No region of the state will benefit from the removal of Article 35A, I am just correcting the propaganda argument of the BJP,” Omar Abdullah said.

Criticising the move, Omar Abdullah said BJP has made the issue of Article 35A a case of Jammu versus Kashmir.

“They say it will benefit Kashmir but it will adversely affect Jammu too,” the NC leader said.

“Someone who wants to buy land in the state, will he do that in Kashmir? Even people residing in Kashmir don’t feel safe,” he added.

Omar Abdullah also hit out at the separatist leaders saying they don’t believe in the constitution of India and thus have no right to comment on it.

Article 35A of the Indian Constitution is an article that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.

The article has been challenged in the Supreme Court through a petition being heard by a three-judge constitutional bench.

First Published | 14 August 2017 1:13 PM
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