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J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti meets PM Modi, raises Article 35A with him

Mehbooba Mufti. Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 11, 2017, 11.08 AM (IST)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, today, met Prime Minister Modi in the backdrop of a raging debate over abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution.

Mufti said that the idea of Jammu and Kashmir has to be accommodated within the idea of India. 


Mufti also brought up the issue of maintaining a status quo on Article 370 of the Constitution which grants autonomy to the state.

Maintaining status quo on Article 370 was part of the agenda of alliance between the PDP and the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir and no one can go against it, she said.   


She said that the Prime Minister gave "100 per cent assurance on the agenda of alliance".  

The J&K chief minister met Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference on Tuesday to discuss the issue of Article 35A. According to reports, the NC president has suggested that Mufti should consult other like minded parties on the issue and try to build a wider consensus.

The Supreme Court is hearing a petition challenging Article 35A of the Constitution which grants powers to Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define permanent residents.

The Centre is going to present before the apex court the legal aspects of Article 35A, according to a report in PTI.


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