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There shouldn't be any fiddling with J&K's constitutional status: Mehbooba

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

on Friday said there should be no meddling with the constitutional status of till a popular government takes power.

Mehbooba said there seemed to a "hidden agenda" behind the decisions to treat Bank as a PSU, changing procedures of state subject rules, revoking Roshni scheme and reports of changing Juvenile (Justice) Act.

"We respect the (S P Malik), (but) why is he encroaching upon the democratic space? There is no emergency on these issues. They can happen after elections when a new government is formed. It seems that there is perhaps someone's hidden agenda, which I hope the will not be a part of... There should be no fiddling with the constitutional status of the state," Mehbooba told reporters here.

"Unfortunately, the governor's team does not advise him well, otherwise they would not have taken such decisions which have to be revoked later. Such decisions should be left to a popular government," she said.

The former warned of an agitation if the state administration, headed by Malik, accords divisional status to region, while ignoring and

"There are reports that the governor's administration will accord a divisional status to We are not against it. I request the and I hope all parties like the National Conference, and others come together on this and demand that if you are giving a divisional status, then and should also get it."

"If the governor decides to grant divisional status to Ladakh, then and should also get it, otherwise we will be forced to agitate peacefully and I will talk to other parties also on this," Mehbooba said.

The said like Ladakh, Pir Panjal and Chenab valley are also far flung areas of the state and such a decision could establish good governance in these areas.

"So many decisions have been taken or orders have been passed since the governor's rule was implemented in the state which are against the interests of

"We were hopeful that the governor, who was a politician, would understand the sensitivities of J&K and will be cautious rather over cautious, but, unfortunately, every day one or the other order comes out which creates insecurity among the people," she said.

Asked about former minister quitting the PDP, Mehbooba said people come and go at the time of elections.

"Though I regret Drabu's decision to quit the party, he has his own thinking and I wish him all the best," she added.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 17:50 IST