Former Union Minister and patron J&K Peoples' Empowerment Mission, Prof Saifuddin Soz Friday urged State government to take the issue of scrapping of Article 35-A seriously and fight the same in Supreme Court will all seriousness.
In a statement, Soz said: "I had imagined that the Supreme Court of India would not take serious notice of the petition of the so-called J&K Study Centre- the RSS think-tank, seeking scrapping of Article 35-A of the Constitution of India which authorizes the J&K Legislature to enact laws to confer special rights or privileges or imposes restrictions with respect to employment, acquisition of immoveable property in the State, settlement in the State and right to scholarship etc."
"It was a political issue settled long ago. Now that the Supreme Court has issued the notice to J&K Government, I ask the State Government not to be complacent and fight the issue in the Court with all seriousness," he said.
"Parliament of India has no legislative competence to make laws in respect of J&K State subjects/citizens as defined by law and under Section-6 of the Constitution of J&K in respect of their immoveable properties. I also take the position as a citizen that this move before the Supreme Court proves sufficiently the evil designs of the RSS aimed at demographic transformation in J&K State," he added. (KNS)