Welcoming Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assurance on Article 35A which gives a special status to Jammu and Kashmir‘s residents, former state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday asked the government to file a counter affidavit in the Supreme Court favouring the constitutional provision.

As Rajnath Singh said that the central government would do nothing on the issue of article 35A that would go against t he aspirations of the people of Kashmir, Abdullah tweeted: “This is a very important statement from the Union Home Minister. His assurance will go a long way towards silencing the noises against 35-A.”

In another tweet, he said: “The Union government must now file a counter affidavit in the Supreme Court to defend 35-A. That is the way to carry this assurance forward”.