He accused the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party of making it a Jammu vs Kashmir issue. Photograph: (AFP)
The former J&K CM said that the removal of Article 35A will end state subject laws
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has come out in defence of Article 35A of the Constitution which grants the J&K Assembly special rights to decide on the permanent residents of the state.
Abdullah said that the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution will end the state subject laws which were initiated by the erstwhile Maharaja, Hari Singh.
"Provisions which are stated under article 35 (A) were initiated by Raja Hari Singh. If this is scrapped by the Supreme Court, it will end state subject laws. People from other states will gain access to buy property in the region, avail educational scholarships for their children, relief material and bag government jobs; the four main things that Raja Hari Singh protected us from," said Abdullah, while addressing a gathering in Jammu, the winter capital of the state.
If BJP succeeds in scrapping Article 35A through Court, our state subject laws will end: Omar Abdullah pic.twitter.com/SlJvlTkmf2— ANI (@ANI) August 14, 2017
The working president of the state's main opposition party, National Conference, said that the scrapping of Article 35A won't benefit anybody. He accused the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party of making it a Jammu vs Kashmir issue.
"Surprisingly, the BJP made an issue of 35A as a case of Jammu versus Kashmir. They say it will benefit Kashmir but adversely affect Jammu. Nobody is going to benefit from the removal of 35 (A)," added Abdullah.
Surprisingly BJP has made issue of 35A a case of JammuVSKashmir. They say it will benefit Kashmir but adversely affect Jammu: Omar Abdullah pic.twitter.com/2d2rEwqQfE— ANI (@ANI) August 14, 2017
Abdullah also said that the Hurriyat had no business commenting on Article 35A as it does not believe in the Indian Constitution.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court is hearing a petition challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution.