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If special rights of J&K get tinkered, no one will hold tricolour: Mufti

In 2014, an NGO had filed a writ petition seeking the striking down of Article 35 A

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Mehbooba Mufti
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addresses the Jammu and Kashmir Conclave on "Understanding Kashmir: A Composite dialogue on Peace, Stability and the Way Forward", in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

If special rights and privileges to the people of are tinkered with, then there would be no one in the state to hold the tricolour, Chief Minister on Friday warned.

She said, on the one hand, "we talk about resolving the under the framework of the Constitution and on the other hand we flog it".

"Who is doing it? Why are they doing it? (challenging the Article 35A). Let me tell you that my party and other parties who carry the flag there (in Jammu and Kashmir) despite all risks... I have no doubt in saying that there will be no one to hold it (flag) (if it is tinkered)," she said at an event here.

Mehbooba went on to add, "Let me be very clear. By doing all this (challenging Article 35A), you are not targeting the separatists. Their (separatists) agenda is different and it is totally secessionist."

"But, you are weakening those powers which are Indian and trust India and participate in elections and who fight to live a life honourably in This is one of the problem," she said.

In 2014, an NGO had filed a writ petition seeking the striking down of The case is pending in the Supreme Court.

Mehbooba said Kashmir is an idea of India.

"The basic question is how much is the idea of India ready to accommodate the idea of Kashmir? This is the basic crux," she said.

She recounted how during Partition, Kashmir, even being a Muslim majority state defied the two-nation theory and the divisive separation on grounds of religion and aligned with India.

"There have been special provisions in the Constitution of India for the state of Unfortunately, with the passage of time something happened somewhere that both sides started doing dishonesty."

Both the sides, she said while indicating towards the Centre and the state, may be became more greedy and the state had to suffer for the last 70 years.

"Rather than addressing the problem, we took administrative measures like dismissal of government or making charges of conspiracy, sedition...We had all these things against separatists which at times led to their hangings, weapons exclusive to Kashmir and more security measures and increasing number of security people.

"These administrative measures have not helped us to address the idea of Kashmir...," Mufti said.

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First Published: Fri, July 28 2017. 21:39 IST