People’s Democratic Party and opposition party National Conference on Sunday stressed for the special status granted under Article 35 A before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who was visiting the valley to review security situation.
PDP general secretary Nizamuddin Bhat asserted that his party is of the view that Kashmir’s is a “political problem and it cannot be related with development issue.”
The PDP delegation also shared their thoughts over government’s credibility, saying that the agenda of alliance has yet not been implemented on the ground.
Bhat said that he has put the party’s interest before the union home minister and told him that Kashmir is a special state and it must be given same treatment.
“PDP joined hands with the BJP to fulfill the Vajpayee mission, otherwise, our ideologies are completely different,” he said.
Bhat said the minister heard their concern and they told him “to be honest”.
Former CM Omar Abdullah also met Rajnath and discussed Article 35A issue.
J&K: Home Minister Rajnath Singh met National Conference delegation headed by former CM Omar Abdullah in Srinagar pic.twitter.com/A9vPuR9Pdi— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2017
“We put our point of view in front of the Home Minister and informed him of the importance the people of the state attach to this provision,” Abdullah said.
Article 35A is a provision that empowers the J&K legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state, and it has been challenged in the Supreme Court.