JK’s accession with India full and final, BJP-RSS trying to challenge it now
Srinagar: Revocation of Article 35A has “neither any constitutional nor legal base”, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Vice President and former MLC G N Monga said on Monday.
In a statement, Monga said that state’s accession with India was “full and final and by raking up such issues, BJP and RSS were trying to challenge it now”.
“Article 35A is not the only Presidential Order which has been implemented. If Article 35A is revoked on the pretext of being a Presidential Order, then all Presidential Orders too will go,” he said.
The Congress leader said that if the Centre fiddled with Article 35A, “they will be themselves responsible for making question mark on accession of the State with the Union”.
He called Kashmir a “political issue settled long ago”.
He said that besides Kashmiris, “people of Jammu and Ladakh regions too will resist any move by the Center to revoke Article 35-A tooth and nail as it is equally beneficial for the people of all the regions of the state”.
Monga said that Article 35A of the constitution empowered J&K legislature to define state’s permanent residents and their special rights and privileges and was added to the constitution through a presidential order of 1954 with the then J&K government’s concurrence.
He said that Maharaja Hari Singh imposed a law that defined state subjects and their rights and regulated migrants to the state.
Monga lashed out at the government for creating “panic in Kashmir itself instead of clearing the confusion”.
“First additional forces were rushed to Kashmir and then some confidential government orders are being circulated on social media to give rumours authenticity. The duty of the government is to maintain law and order and not create panic,” the Congress leader added.