On Tuesday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti surprised everyone by dropping at the residence of National Conference president and former Union minister Farooq Abdullah at his Srinagar residence to discuss the prevailing crisis over Article 35A of the Indian Constitution that has been challenged in the Supreme Court.
PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir has gone into rough weather following row over the scrapping of Article 35A.
Importantly, the state opposition parties including Congress and CPM met here at Farooq’s party National conference office to discuss the stand against the abrogation of Article 35 A which Supreme Court is likely to discuss by the end of this month in the 3-judge bench.
“@MehboobaMufti called on @JKNC_ President this evening to discuss the prevailing political situation in the state. It was a cordial meeting,” National Conference working President Omar Abdullah tweeted.
Omar did not elaborate on the issues discussed by Mehbooba and Abdullah, who is a Lok Sabha member from Srinagar constituency.
Political observers in Kashmir see the development as a warning shot by Mufti, who — by discussing the issue with the NC patron instead of meeting the leadership of her alliance partner BJP— has sent out a subtle message that the clock can be turned back and she can build a broad coalition of mainstream political parties to save the remnants of Article 370.
The government spokesman and minister of Public Works, Naeem Akhtar confirmed that the Chief Minister met the NC President.
“Article 370 and Article 35 A are the foundation of our relation with rest of the country. Strengthening them is in the interest of the state and the country,” Akhtar said.
“We should prevent any attempt at the abrogation of these articles. We must rise above party politics to safeguard the interests of the state,” he said.
There is no doubt that the abrogation of Article 35A has a potential to put Kashmir on a fire which will be beyond anyone’s control.
Meanwhile, state BJP spokesman has already made it clear that the party would not comment on the issue till the outcome of the court decision.