Article 35A: Farooq Abdullah Threatens To Boycott Lok Sabha Polls

Article 35A: Farooq Abdullah Threatens To Boycott Lok Sabha Polls

Article 35A: Farooq Abdullah Threatens To Boycott Lok Sabha Polls (file image)

New Delhi: Farooq Abdullah, the veteran leader from Jammu and Kashmir said that his party will boycott the general elections and state elections if the centre doesn't make its stand on the controversial Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir clear. Mr Abdullah's threat comes days the National Conference said that it will boycott the upcoming local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir over Article 35A, a constitutional provision that defines "permanent residents" of the state.

On Saturday Mr Abdullah, "We will not only boycott Panchayat elections but also Lok Sabha and assembly elections if the centre doesn't clear its stand on Article 35A and Article 370."

The Article 35 A restricts outsiders from owning property in Jammu and Kashmir and that has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The Top Court's hearing was deferred to January, last week, after the state authorities cited possible law and order problems in holding municipal and Panchayat elections.

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The Article 370, which is an extension of Article 35A, allows the state its own constitution, flag and the right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security - is part of its core philosophy.

The administration of the state will announce plans to conduct municipal elections from October 1 and Panchayat elections from November. 

Parties like, Mehbooba Mufti's PDP and other major party in Jammu and Kashmir that ruled the state till recently with the Bhartiya Janata Party, has also expressed its reservations about the local body polls. 

Earlier, the 80 year old Farooq Abdullah said that the decision to hold elections was taken in a hurried manner. He added that the decision was taken without considering the prevailing situation created by the powers that be by "unnecessarily fiddling" with Article 35A.

Mr Abdullah lashed out at the centre and said the role of the government and the present dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir before the Supreme Court goes clearly against the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state.

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