No power can abolish Article 35-A: Ghulam Mir

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SRINAGAR: Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President, Ghulam Ahmad Mir has asserted that no power or government in India could abolish Article 35-A of Jammu and Kashmir.
“There is no power or government in India who could abolish the constitutional act, any attempt aimed at spoiling peaceful atmosphere of the state will be countered with full strength,” Mir told reporters on the sidelines of a function held on the 33rd death anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, Late Indira Gandhi at PCC head office at Maulana Azad Road. Mir said only failed attempts could be made to remove Article 35-A which speaks volumes about its constitutional legality guaranteed by the Indian constitution itself. “This is a sub judice matter, pending disposal at the highest judiciary of India. They can only make failed attempts to remove it as their only motive behind this is to create confusion among people and to spoil peaceful atmosphere of the state,” said PCC President. It may be pertinent to recall that Centre on Monday told the Apex Court that it had appointed an interlocutor for holding talks with various stakeholders in the state and requested it to adjourn the hearing over the politically contentious Article 35-A of the Constitution, which gives special rights to permanent residents of the state, saying that the court hearing may affect the dialogue process.
Replying to a question regarding appointment of former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief, Dineshwar Sharma as Centre’s interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir, the State Congress Chief said this is an attempt to divert attention of people from one issue to another.