"This has yet again exposed Ms Mufti and her party", said NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar. An NGO backed by right-wing groups has challenged it on the grounds that it violates the fundamental rights of citizens of India including owning property and the right to reside and settle in any part of the country.
In Jammu region's Chenab Valley, the bandh call was issued by Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri and Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar against the "dilution of J&K's special status".
The Supreme Court had last month asked the federal government to file a reply within three weeks in this regard. This provision was enacted by a Presidential Order in 1954. CM Mehbooba has also met the leaders of all the political parties in Kashmir so that she is not "outwitted" by her ally BJP.
The party's demand comes in the wake of a debate over Article 35 (A) that allows the state legislature to define the list of "permanent residents" and their special rights and privileges.
The Chief Minister said any attempt to change or abrogate Article 35 (A) was akin to questioning "the idea of India that has to accommodate with the idea of Jammu and Kashmir".
Ironically, while the PDP is a strong votary of continuing with the special status, its ruling partner the BJP contested elections on the plank that it would revoke the constitutional position for Jammu and Kashmir's complete integration with the rest of India. Article 35A was not introduced in isolation.
"After affecting the fiscal autonomy of the state by implementing Goods and Services Act (GST) hectic efforts are underway by the BJP RSS to altogether do away with the special status of J&K by challenging Article 35A in the Supreme Court". Hence, If the apex court rules that Art 35A is in violation of the Constitution, such a judgment will have to be made applicable to all the Constitutional Application Orders from 1950 till date.
It is high time that the Supreme Court takes cognisance of this matter.
They also lashed out at the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, saying that she used to visit the bereaved families of martyrs, especially in south Kashmir, and shed tears, but after assuming power she had become the most brutal and had defeated all previous records of oppression and tyranny in the occupied territory.
Before reaching out to PM Modi, Mehbooba held talks with Farooq Abdullah, the president of J&K's prime opposition party - National Conference.