The veteran NC leader and the son of former Prime Minister of Jammu Kashmir, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, said while the chief minister had said that the Prime Minister had promised her that the State's special status would not be touched, this announcement had not been made by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
"The Articles 370 and 35-A stand challenged in the Supreme Court, hence it is a judicial matter and judiciary is free to do anything".
While, the PDP and BJP have a coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, both the parties are not on the same page regarding the issue.
It is against this backdrop, it is pertinent to understand the provisions of the Article 35A and the arguments in favour and against the Article, which are provided below. The memorandum also focuses on sensitizing the Kashmiri people about the grave dangers and consequences of the proposed abrogation by using service of Imams, Pujaris, Granthis, and priests across the State. Following this agreement, the term "state subject" was replaced by "Permanent Residents", and the President of India in consultation with the state government issued the constitution order of 1954 and Article 35A was incorporated. "It is a sensitive and debatable issue and it will be kept in public domain so as to take on board people of all three regions of the state including civil societies, " said state Congress vice-president Sham Lal Sharma.
Mehbooba Mufti warned that any tinkering with Article 35 (A) would worsen the situation in the state when it was normalizing. "If the GoI will scrap the Article 35-A then whole Article 370 will collapse its own". "Constitution of India and Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir govern our living and existence but we have been vested with certain rights and we will protect those rights".
After the meeting, Ms. Mufti claimed Mr. Modi had assured that any discussion on the special provisions for the State would be on the basis of the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) between the PDP and the BJP. The Article defines exclusive rights of locals in J&K over jobs, immovable property and scholarships.
The Centre would explain to the Supreme Court the legal aspects of Article 35A.
Abdullah had told her that she should meet the prime minister, all important central ministers and also the BJP leadership to convince the Sangh Parivar against striking down the constitutional provision.