“This is the most disgraceful, shameful and unacceptable statement. It amounts to violation of the Indian Constitution and is an insult to the Indian flag. Does she even know what 35 (A) is? It was not created by the Parliament. It was an amendment made in 1954 by the then president of India on the recommendation of then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru,” NPP leader Bhim Singh told ANI.
Yesterday, Mehbooba warned that any change in Article 35(A) of the Constitution, which gives a special state provision to Jammu and Kashmir and is being debated in the Supreme Court would not be in favour of the people living in the Valley and would invite repercussions.
Article 35(A) of the Constitution empowers the state legislature to define permanent residents and accord special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Any tempering with Article 35(A) won’t be acceptable. I won’t hesitate in saying that nobody will even carry the corpse of the National Flag in Kashmir, if it happens. Let me make it very clear,” she said.