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The poll panel had earlier planned to conduct the by-poll on April 12, but had subsequently postponed it to May 25, citing similar problems in the Kashmir Valley.
As per the instrument of Accession central government's jurisdiction over Jammu and Kashmir was limited to Defense, Communication and Currency.
The government had also said these operations would be necessary in the coming months to restore public order and enable elections to be conducted in a free-and-fair atmosphere after October. He said if Article 35A was abrogated, it would create serious problems for the people of the state, especially Jammu region, as businessmen and shopkeepers would lose their businesses, students lose their scholarships, and various jobs as well. But before that, the Centre and state government should clear their stand on the issue, he added.
The J&K CM, while addressing reporters following the meet, said preservation of the Articles 370 and 35A is essential to maintain the faith of Kashmiris in the Indian political system.
Rasheed said "It is shameful that rather asking PM Narinder Modi in an apologetic way not to touch Article 35-A, she should have told Modi that Kashmiris are not fighting for what they have within Indian constitution but are seeking a permanent resolution to the dispute".
Today, there was a complete shutdown in Kashmir against any attempt to strike down Article 35A of the Constitution which defines Permanent Residents of the state and prevents outsiders from buying and owning property in the state.
"We are part of India and we are Indians".
The Article was added to the Indian Constitution (Mentioned in Appendix II) through a Presidential Order -The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954.
Mehbooba Mufti warned that any tinkering with Article 35 (A) would worsen the situation in the state when it was normalizing. Speaker Kavinder Gupta who calls himself a proud RSS man was quick to constitute a panel on the violation of special status provisions and senior officers of the Geology and Mining Department were suspended. It also chose to appeal to the legal luminaries of occupied Kashmir to rise to the occasion and fight the case in Indian Supreme Court and engage the services of competent lawyers if necessary.
Meanwhile, reports said that during her meeting with PM Modi she complained about the "arrogant attitude" Power Minister Piyush Goal regarding the transfer of two hydro-electric projects back to J&K.
Mehbooba had met opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah this week to seek the support of his party on the issue.
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