Supports JRL programme, announces sit-in on 26 August
Srinagar, Aug 24: The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC) has supported the programme given against all attempts to abrogate Article 35 A and dilute the special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.
In a meeting of JKCC, an amalgam of valley’s apex trade, tourism, industrial bodies and civil society formations, the members resolved to stand united against all evil attempts aimed at dilution of the special status by the union of India in gross violations of Article 370. The members observed that various institutions are being used to denude the state of its left out special powers enshrined in its own constitution as well as that of Indian Constitution. In the past, laws passed by the parliament have been extended to J&K in an illegal and deceitful manner with the active collaboration of successive State governments. By extending the GST law recently, both the central and state governments have indulged in yet another deceit thereby attempting to subjugate the State economically. The members made it clear that JKCC shall not rest till the GST law is withdrawn, along with other laws deceitfully and illegally, extended to the state over past 6 decades.
The members expressed their dismay over the mysterious silence by the union over the issue of challenging the Article 35 A by an NGO in the Supreme Court of India. It is ironical to note that the union of India has decided not to file the counter in the Apex Court for dismissal of the petition on the grounds that relations of the union with J&K are governed by Article 370. Article 35 A which bars the outsiders to purchase property or seek employment in the state can in no way be struck down unilaterally or through deceitful means. This is an existential threat to the people of J&K and as such needs to be fought out in a united form.
JKCC has appealed the people of the state in general and persons engaged in trade, commerce, industries, tourism, transport, horticulture, agriculture, civil society and all other like sectors to make the strike call and the programme given a success in such a manner that it conveys the emotions and feelings of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to the powers that be. Besides, the JKCC has also announced a silent sit-in on Saturday, the 26th of August 2017 at 11.30 AM at Ghanta Ghar, Lal Chowk, Srinagar which shall be attended by the members of all constituents of JKCC along with their affiliates. (KNS)