Abrogation demands only vitiate atmosphere, impact negatively on situational improvement
NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who is in the national capital, today called on the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi this afternoon.
The meeting assumed significance in view of the raging debate about Article 35-A of the constitution guaranteeing special position to the residents of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Chief Minister brought to the notice of the Prime Minister the sentiments of the people of the State attached to this special position and also the apprehensions the debate of any abrogation of the same has created in their hearts and minds. She informed the Prime Minister that such debates or demands have a very negative impact on the situational progress in the State which has got stabilised after putting in lot of effort by the State and Central Governments. “Such debates and demands only vitiate the atmosphere in the State and the country as a result of which people suffer immensely”, the Chief Minister informed Mr. Modi.
Terming Article 370 as the basis of constitutional relationship between the State and the Centre, Mehbooba Mufti informed Narendra Modi that the Muslim majority Jammu & Kashmir acceded to the union of India rejecting the two nation theory and consequently due constitutional guarantees were provided protecting its regional aspirations and character. “The need and urge for protecting and respecting this special status also got amply reflected during my recent interactions with leaders of several political parties in the State”, she informed the Prime Minister.
Responding positively to the concerns and apprehensions raised by the Chief Minister, the Prime Minister assured the Chief Minister that Agenda of Alliance agreed upon between PDP and BJP should form the basis of any discussion on the State. He also reaffirmed the successful implementation of AoA in the State during the tenure of present Government.
The Chief Minister had also met the union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh yesterday in this regard.