Jammu, August 14 : National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah came down heavily on the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and said those who do not believe in the constitution of India have no business to comment on Article 35 (A).
For the unversed, Article 35A of the Constitution empowers the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to define the state’s permanent residents and their privileges.
Article 35A was inserted into the Constitution of India through a presidential order in 1954, to guarantee that the maharaja’s ban on outsiders would remain. It actually makes little difference in practical terms, for domicile rights apply in other states too.
Meanwhile, Article 370 of the Indian constitution grants special autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
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