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Mehbooba's Article 35-A Rant: Cracks appear in PDP-BJP alliance

Mehbooba's Article 35-A Rant: Cracks appear in PDP-BJP alliance

If the Article is scrapped, she said, "No one in the mainstream like National Conference and the PDP who risk their lives, will be able to protect the Indian national flag in Kashmir". "There is an idea due to which stones are pelted, guns have been taken and there is disturbance in the Kashmir", Mehbooba said while addressing PDP workers during a rally in Srinagar to mark the 18th foundation day of ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). "Maybe some people won't like it, but to me, India is Indira Gandhi". "Let me make it very clear", Mehbooba said at an event on Kashmir in Srinagar.

As told to IANS, Mufti praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership but said that for her "India is Indira".

Referring to the failure of New Delhi in implementing Prime Minister's Working Group recommendations, she said, "We don't need to reinvent the wheel". "Our hopes are pinned on him to work together and bring Kashmir out of the mess".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday termed as "politically incorrect" the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in which she had warned the Centre against tinkering with Article 35 A of the constitution.

Maintaining that the BJP will stand by their "Agenda of Alliance" and wouldn't seek adjustment of the existing constitutional position, Sethi said "it is equally true that Art 35 A has created more harm to state than any other provision of law".

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She contends that Section 6 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, which gives sanction to such prohibition, is not only violative of her right to equality but also does not accommodate emerging multicultural realities and aspirations. Responding to the charges of smuggling of drugs via trade from the neighbouring country, Mufti said, "Trade routes with Pakistan shouldn't be blocked, instead there should be crack down on drugs and cannabis which are smuggled from there".

"There is an emotional leak with respect to Kashmir but there are people in the country who are concerned about us".

Citing the Lahore declaration in which Pakistan had assured that it will not allow its land to be used against anti-India activities, Mehbooba said, "We have to revive that... in spite of Kargil and attack on the Parliament house..." "If at all there is an issue pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, it is only of how to retrieve the part of the state that remains under the illegal occupation of Pakistan", he said. Or are we just going to depend on the administrative measures to tackle the situation.

"The statement of CM of J&K on Article 35 (A) doesn't depict true picture and is politically incorrect", said chief spokesperson of the BJP, Sunil Sethi.


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