Secessionists manage valley shutdown against judicial review of Art-35A

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The article was added to Article 370 in 1954 by a presidential decree. They told that Kashmir is a Muslim majority state and they have planned before the strike against the Article 35A.

A senior BJP leader, pleading anonymity, said since the coalition government was running smoothly, they have been directed not to speak in public.

The seat has been lying vacant since July 4, 2016 after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti resigned as a Lok Sabha member as she took over as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. "Firstly, the Government of India did not want to exercise too much of authority over Kashmir since it had committed itself to giving an opportunity to the people of Kashmir to finalise their future affiliations". He said time has come for civil society members to hit the streets against tampering of the special status of the territory.

"If 35 (A) is repealed then the Article 370 will also be weakened", said Rana.

The resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said, "The ongoing killing spree, genocide of young Kashmiris, hooliganism of Indian forces especially in south Kashmir, NIA/ED terrorism and ploy to change the state subject law in Jammu Kashmir will face stern resistance from Kashmiris". Most importantly, Article 14 refers to "persons" and not "citizens".

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A guerrilla war challenging New Delhi's rule is going on in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989.

"NC's statement clearly indicates the mindset of his party that has always advocated politics of exclusion", said Mr. Gupta. "Constitution of India and Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir govern our living and existence but we have been vested with certain rights and we will protect those rights", he said.

"Let us wait for the verdict", Singh said. "He said it being done under a deliberate plan and is part of the much flaunted "final solution" to the Kashmir dispute by the Indian state led by the RSS". The memorandum also focuses on sensitizing the Kashmiri people about the grave dangers and consequences of the proposed abrogation by using service of Imams, Pujaris, Granthis, and priests across the State.

Kashmir is witnessing a political storm following the Attorney-General's suggestion to the Supreme Court in July "to have a larger debate on Article 35A" while it is being challenged by an NGO.

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