Article 35A, which was added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of the Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, Aug 25: The lawyers community Friday staged a protest against the attempts to abrogate Article 35A that debars non-state subjects to purchase land or acquire jobs in Jammu and Kashmir.
The protest was organized by District Court lawyers here in Srinagar on the directions of Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of senior pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Carrying placards and banners, the lawyers marched through lanes and by-lanes of spacious District Court located at Moominabad Batamaloo.
While talking to reporters, the lawyers appealed people of Jammu and Ladakh to join hands with the people of Kashmir to foil the attempts of abrogation of Article 35A. The lawyers said that the scrapping of this Article will have serious implications in the State while Jammu and Ladakh will badly affected as compared to Kashmir.
“Dogras in Jammu and Bodhs in Ladakh will surely face cultural crisis. We appeal people of Jammu and Ladakh to rise above politics. There are unscrupulous elements that are misleading people of Jammu and Ladakh on the issue. These elements are playing politics and befooling people,” said the protesting lawyers.
Article 35A, which was added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of the Jammu and Kashmir.
It also empowers the state’s legislature to frame any law without attracting a challenge on grounds of violating the Right to Equality of people from other states or any other right under the Indian Constitution.