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Erosion of J&K's special status responsible for mistrust towards New Delhi: Sajad Gani Lone

SRINAGAR: Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone Tuesday said the erosion of Jammu and Kashmir's special status is answerable for the growing alienation and distrust in opposition to New Delhi. "It is a matter of promises made decades ago. It is a part of a set of special provisions offered to the people of the state in order to be part of India. People ignorant of history pass it off as concessions to the state," Lone said in a statement.

He said tinkering with the constitutional provision could have serious consequences, including that Article 35-A is not only a question of legality however of accept as true with between New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

He said twiddling with Articles of accept as true with like 35A intensifies the challenges faced through the state.

"The state is facing challenges from forces who are not satisfied with the current level of distinctiveness and are rather disappointed by the gradual erosion of the special status and believe in a separate identity," he added.

Lone said the Article 35-A and Article 370 are provisions of the Indian Constitution and the ones wondering them are challenging the Constitution. "Article 35A is not the only provision in the Constitution which has been inserted by the presidential order issued under Article 370," he said.

The Supreme Court has upheld the powers of the President to insert provisions within the Constitution for software to J&Ok, he added.

Lone said those that challenge Article 35A are best serving to in strengthening the ones forces who haven't any religion within the Constitution.

"Like Article 370, there are special provisions like Articles 371, 371A, 371B, 371C, providing for special provisions for Northeast and other states," he added.

Article 35-A, which used to be included within the Constitution through a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the electorate of Jammu and Kashmir and bars other people from out of doors the state from acquiring any immovable property within the state.

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