J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti meets PM Modi, raises Article 35A with him
Mehbooba Mufti. Photograph: (Others)
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.
Idea of India has to accommodate idea of Jammu & Kashmir: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti after meeting PM Modi pic.twitter.com/w2qUU9ydMw— ANI (@ANI) August 11, 2017
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.
The basis of our agenda of alliance is that status quo of 370 has to maintained none of us can go against that: J&K CM after meeting PM pic.twitter.com/ttHLb9OLV2— ANI (@ANI) August 11, 2017
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.