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Mehbooba discusses Article 35A with Modi

Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti  

Says Modi backs alliance’s agenda on special status for J&K

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss the position of political parties in the Valley on the legal challenge to Article 35A that prevents “outsiders” from owning property in the State.

Emerging from the 15 minute meeting with the Prime Minister, Ms. Mufti claimed Mr. Modi had assured that any discussion on the special provisions for the State would be on the basis of the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) between the PDP and the BJP. “That is the basis of the agenda and no one can go against it. The response of the Prime Minister is positive. The Prime Minister gave 100% assurance to the Agenda of Alliance,” Ms Mufti told reporters outside Parliament.

The heated debate in the State around Article 35A was triggered by a recent petition in the Supreme Court arguing that the provision is discriminatory against women if they marry anyone outside the State.

Men don’t lose their right to own property or the right of inheritance if they marry someone outside.

Ms. Mufti is said to have informed the Prime Minister that after last year’s unrest, the Kashmir Valley was returning to normality and all steps should be taken to avoid a fresh controversy.

The issue has brought bitter rivals — the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — together.

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