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WIll Boycott Lok Sabha & Assembly Polls If Centre Doesn't Clear Stand On 35A: Farooq Abdullah

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| September 8 , 2018 , 14:20 IST

National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that his party would not only boycott the Panchyat polls but would also boycott the Lok Sabha polls if the Centre does not clear his stand on Article 35A and 370.

National Conference chief Abdullah said, “We will not only boycott Panchayat elections but also Lok Sabha & Assembly elections if the Centre doesn't clear its stand on Article 35A and Article 370.”

Indo-Pak Relations and J&K

Speaking at an event in Srinagar, Abdullah said, “Manner in which media targeted Sidhu shows there are elements which don't want India-Pakistan relations to improve. There's vested interest, both in India & Pakistan, which don't want peace in both countries. But for people of J&K, India-Pakistan friendship is essential.”

He also said, "No Muslim has ever told a Hindu or Christian to change the way they practice religion,but when they tell us not to offer Namaz in a particular way or stop Azaan,they want to change Gandhi's India. If they want to save the nation,they need respect all religions equally."

"When an RSS leader like Vajpayee can go to Pakistan as the PM & say he's the leader of people in India & India accepts Pakistan as a nation & wants to strike friendship with them. If we're friends with our neighbour, both of us will prosper. I hope PM thinks about it & works for it,” he added.

The Supreme Court’s Concern

Earlier in August, the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of the PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.

The apex court adjourned the hearing after Attorney General for Centre told the bench that any debate on the issue will have a direct impact on the law and order situation in the state. The Court says will take up the matter after the Panchayat polls in the Jammu and Kashmir would conclude in December.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who was representing the state of Jammu and Kashmir informed the court, “All the security agencies are engaged in the preparation of the local body elections in the state.”

What Is Article 35A

Article 35A of the Indian Constitution empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.

What is Article 370

Article 370 is a law that grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. It has been a part of the constitution which was introduced with the objective of giving space and autonomy (self-governance) to the government of the state which feels disconnected from both the countries fighting for it.