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Situation would be difficult to control if Article 35-A tinkered with: Farooq Abdullah

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

National Conference Abdullah today said he will fight for Article 35-A until his death, warning that the of any tinkering with the Constitutional provision would be difficult to control.

Article 35-A, which gives special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, is currently facing a legal challenge in the

"I will fight against them till I go down in my grave," Abdullah said, adding that "they only remember and not Himachal (Pradesh), Arunachal (Pradesh) and Nagaland", which also enjoy the special position.

Asked how he sees the situation in if the Article 35-A is tinkered with, he said, "You will see the situation yourselves, will also then see it and it will be very difficult for them to control it".

Abdullah, who is also the Member of Parliament form constituency, however, sought to dismiss the uproar around the legal challenge to Article 35-A of the Constitution, saying no one is going to touch it.

"They cannot touch (Article) 35-A. The Constitutional bench has twice said about it already. I do not know why they try to scratch this wound every time. The more they scratch it, the more blood there will be. Time has come for them to stop scratching it," the said on the sidelines of a function here.

When the reporters pressed him hard on the issue, Abdullah in his usual style said, "35-A ko mariye goli. 35-A chalta jayega (shoot 35-A, the issue will keep going on)."

On August 6, the had said a three-bench would decide whether the pleas challenging Article 35-A should be referred to a five-bench for examining the larger issue of alleged violation of the doctrine of basic structure of the

The bench comprising and Justice A Khanwilkar had adjourned the crucial hearing on as many as five petitions "to the week commencing from August 27" on the grounds that they pertained to the challenge to a Constitutional scheme and could not be heard as the third judge, Justice D Y Chandrachud, was not present on that day.

Article 35-A, which was incorporated in the by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of and denies property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state.

About India-relations, Abdullah expressed hope that they would be fruitful under the reign of Imran Khan, who will be sworn-in as the country's on August 18.

"I expect a new Pakistan, a friendly Pakistan, a free of terrorism and marching towards the future and strengthening the SAARC which will be vital for this entire area," the said.

Abdullah said he was confident that New would cooperate with if the neighbouring country "gives up terrorism".

"I am sure New will cooperate if gives up terrorism, the whole world will cooperate," he said.

Asked about Tibetan Dalai Lama's recent statement on former at the of Management, Abdullah said the was right in saying what he said.

"I am happy that has apologised on what he said about Nehru, but one thing is correct that when they all were there, had indeed offered Jinnah to be the However, Quaid-i-Azam (Jinnah) denied because he said that he could be removed anytime as he would be a and so moth-eaten Pakistan is better for him than to become the prime minister of such a country where there is no trust and which is now becoming evident.

"The way the country is being taken in a different way today, I feel no one would have ever thought of it. We would not have dreamt of such a thing that they will try to change a secular country in such a way, which I think will be dangerous for them," the former Union minister said.

When asked about the statement of yoga guru that if illegal immigrants were allowed to stay on, they would make 10 more Kashmir-like problems for the country, Abdullah said has a big heart and people can live in the country with ease and dignity.

"India's has a big heart. If you see, Mughals came and lived here, Alexander came and the force he had with him lived here. Whoever wants, can live here with ease and dignity. This is our tradition. Ramdev is no god, neither does he own India," he said.

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

First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 19:40 IST