AR­TI­CLES 370 AND 35A ‘UN­NEC­ES­SARY BAG­GAGE’ OF PAST: KASH­MIRI PANDITS

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JAMMU: Kash­miri Pandits on Tues­day termed Ar­ti­cle 370 and Ar­ti­cle 35A of the In­dian Con­sti­tu­tion an “un­nec­es­sary bag­gage” of the past and de­manded that th­ese laws be re­pealed. Ash­wani Ku­mar Chrun­goo, pres­i­dent of Pa­nun Kash­mir, an or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing dis­placed Kash­miri Pandits, said the laws were in “con­tra­ven­tion of the fun­da­men­tal rights guar­an­teed to the cit­i­zens of In­dia un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion”. “They should be ab­ro­gated...as soon as pos­si­ble.” Ar­ti­cle 370 grants spe­cial sta­tus to Jammu and Kash­mir, while Ar­ti­cle 35A em­pow­ers the state leg­is­la­ture to de­fine per­ma­nent cit­i­zens. “We would like to make it very clear that Ar­ti­cle 370 and Ar­ti­cle 35A have be­come an un­nec­es­sary bag­gage of the past,” Chrun­goo told re­porters. Kash­miri Pandits on Tues­day or­gan­ised a ‘Decade Event’ in Jammu to mark the 50-day Kash­mir ‘Sankalp Ya­tra’ or­gan­ised in 2007 in sup­port of their de­mands and which cov­ered 11 states. Sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of the Kash­miri Pandits, in­clud­ing Kash­mir Dis­placed Sikh Fo­rum and Youth All In­dia Kash­mir Sa­maj, par­tic­i­pated in the event.

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