SRINAGAR: Amid clamour for abrogation of Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir and opposition parties seeking debate for special Assembly session in the State, J&K Government on Tuesday said that they have no problem in convening special session but it should be done at a proper time.
“We have an open mind on Article 35A issue. But recently we held special session on the GST and as per constitutional norms six months should have passed to go for another session. And Government will decide accordingly,” Naeem Akhtar, Government Spokesperson and Minister for PWD told STATE TIMES.
Senior BJP leader and Speaker Assembly, Kavinder Gupta told STATE TIMES that he has no problem with special Assembly session. “If government will write us for special Assembly session then we are ready for another session as recently held on GST,” he said adding that they don’t have any hesitation, if opposition demands that special session should happen,” Gupta added.
A delegation of opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir met Governor N N Vohra on Monday and demanded that a session of the state legislature be called to discuss “threat” to Article 35A of the Constitution and other issues.
Recently, former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah had sought a special session of the J&K Legislature to frame up an appropriate response to counter the narrative with regard to tampering or repealing of Article 35A of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, senior PDP leader and Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari told STATE TIMES that he is 100 per cent sure that no one can abrogate Article 35A. “The opposition is doing drama on this issue”, he added.
However, Patron of National Conference and Member of Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah told STATE TIMES over Phone that they are demanding special Assembly session over Article 35A. “GST was normal session. If government of Jammu and Kashmir is ready for Special Session on Article 35-A then it should announce the date for debate in State Assembly,” he asserted.
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