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CM Mehbooba meets Farooq

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

In a surprise development, Chief Minister today went to meet opposition president Farooq Abdullah amid a debate on an article in the Constitution which grants special privileges to the state.

"@MehboobaMufti called on @JKNC_ President this evening to discuss the prevailing political situation in the state. It was a cordial meeting," working president tweeted.

Omar did not elaborate on the issues discussed by Mehbooba and Abdullah, who is a member from constituency.

However, sources in the said the legal challenge mounted on the validity of Article 35A of the Indian Constitution was the main subject of discussion between the two leaders.

"The chief minister sought cooperation of all political parties including in safeguarding the special status of within the Constitution of India," the sources said.

Article 35A, added to the Indian Constitution through a presidential order of 1954, empowers the legislature to define the state's "permanent residents" and their special rights and privileges.

The Article has come under focus recently after two Kashmiri women approached the Supreme Court, challenging it as they contended that it had disenfranchised their children.

At a recent event in Delhi, Mehbooba said if Article 35A was tinkered with, there will be no one in Kashmir to uphold the national flag.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 08 2017. 19:42 IST