The National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir has expressed its desire to discuss the issue of Article 35A with the central government. A National Conference team headed by former chief minister Omar Abdullah, has communicated its concerns regarding Article 35A to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on an official visit to Jammu and Kashmir. The National Conference is worried about the ambiguous stand being taken by the center in respect of Article 35A. The Article 35A has been provided in the Constitution of India and it gives special rights and privileges to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the state government and its people.
Speaking about the concerns, a spokesperson of the National Conference said, “While highlighting the political, historical and constitutional context of the state’s special status, Omar registered the party’s concern and disappointment over the central government’s ambiguity in defending the state’s special status in the Supreme Court with respect to Article 35A.” Omar Abdullah has also pointed out to the deteriorating law and order problem in the Kashmir Valley. The National Conference delegation has requested both India and Pakistan to restart diplomatic dialogue in order to solve the problems in Kashmir. The delegation also talked about the consistent erosion of the state’s autonomy, with the most recent being triggered by the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
However, experts said that people like Omar Abdullah may be stuck in an old world view and with a primitive mindset that may be incapable of understanding the importance of growth and development on human existence.