The BharatiyaJanata Party Sunday said everyone will have to accept the decision of the Supreme Court as hearing of a case about annulment of Article 35 A comes close and anxiety over it steadily mounts in Kashmir. The apex court is scheduled to hear on August 6 the case about the special constitutional provision that allows the J&K state legislator to define state subjects and their exclusive rights.
Sensing the tension, Governor N N Vohra, who rules the state at present, has already recommended to New Delhi that the hearing of the case seeking annulment of Article 35A be deferred again until an elected government was in place in the state.“It is sub judice and everyone has to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court,” Ashok Kaul, the BJP state general secretary told “That decision will be supreme for us.”
A slew of petitions challenging Article 35A which were clubbed together by the Supreme Court have ratcheted up tensions in Kashmir, where both mainstream and separatist leaders fret demographic changes if the constitutional provision, which prohibits people from other states from owning property in J&K, is struck down from the Constitution. The special provision was added to the Constitution of India through a presidential order on May 14, 1954.
The BJP-led government at the Centre has not filed a counter-affidavit against the petitions, unlike the previous governments had done in defense of the constitutional provision.
Vohra reportedly has discussed the matter with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and conveyed to him that the case should not be heard during Governor’s rule.