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13 August 2017, 11:20 | Opal Carroll
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A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian-occupied Kashmir today (Saturday) against the Indian plans to abrogate Article 35A of Indian Constitution.
The Kashmir officials say that most of the buses will stay off road special government buses but some private buses and other vehicles will be available to the public. She further said all mainstream political parties will lose relevance in the Kashmir Valley if Article 35 (A) is done away with. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that there is an improvement in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The autonomy resolution passed by the J&K assembly in 2000, which asks for restoration of the 1953 position, also recommends that the word "temporary" be omitted so Article 370 becomes a permanent feature of the Constitution of India.
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Former bureaucrat, Muhammad Shafi Pandit, said, "It is important for the civil society to apprise the political leadership across the divide about the implications and consequences arising from scrapping of Article 35A".
In July, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister warned that any change in Article 35 (A) of the Constitution, would not be in favour of the people living in the Valley and would invite repercussions.
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It has been 70 years since Article 370 was imposed on J&K.
The BJP, which is in power in the state in alliance with the PDP, also did not support Article 35A. It leads to the violation of the right of a woman to "marry a man of her choice".
The clock is ticking on the final disposal of the case against Article 35A. It also chose to appeal to the legal luminaries of occupied Kashmir to rise to the occasion and fight the case in Indian Supreme Court and engage the services of competent lawyers if necessary.
After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, CM Mehbooba Mufti also met the BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav as "part of consensus building against any erosion of special status", as per the agenda of the alliance. After the meeting, Mehbooba Mufti said that she discussed host of issues including Article 35A with the Prime Minister. Omar also said that if every assurance claimed by Mufti had been fulfilled, the state would have been trouble free. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.
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