The BJP is committed to the Agenda of Alliance, which forms the bedrock of its coalition government with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir and provides for maintaining status quo on constitutional matters like Article 35A Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said on Saturday.
After her meeting with Modi in New Delhi on Friday, Mehbooba Mufti had told reporters the Prime Minister had assured her that Article 35A would be protected to preserve the special status of J&K.
She said Idea of India has to accommodate idea of Jammu & Kashmir.
"Jammu people should be given a chance to hold a referendum on whether Article 35A should stay or go", said Mr. Rana, while describing Pakistan statement over the issue "a ploy". "That's the only part of this meeting that matters at all", Omar said in another tweet.
After Rajnath Singh met CM Mehbooba Mufti, the Home Ministry officials said that that its law officers would be presenting legal aspects related to Article 35A only and would refrain from joining the case.
However, her predecessor and opposition National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah while reacting to Mehbooba's assertions said she can not be believed what she said after her meeting with the Prime Minister. The plea said the state government, under the guise of Article 35A and Article 370, which grants special autonomous status to the state, has been discriminating against non-residents who are debarred from buying properties, getting a government job or voting in the local elections. "Can @PMOIndia explain "assurances" pls?"More news: Philadelphia Eagles Trade Jordan Matthews To Buffalo Bills
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The controversy over its constitutional validity erupted after an NGO - We the Citizens - filed a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking the striking down of Articles 35A and 370.
"The government has been running in the state on the basis of Agenda of Alliance".
The Jammu and Kashmir government had then informed the EC that the by-poll needed to be postponed since the security agencies wanted to resume the counter-militancy operations.
Article 35A was inserted in the constitution through a presidential decree in 1954. The response of the Prime Minister is positive. The apex court had last month asked the Centre to file a reply within three weeks on the writ petition filed.
The J&K unit of BJP has demanded Centre to side with the petitioners seeking the abrogation of the two articles.