Perhaps startled by Mehbooba's manoeuvres, the state BJP unit hastened to clarify that it does not favour "tampering with any of the constitutional provisions of J&K-Article 35A or Article 370". Rasheed said "It is shameful that rather asking PM Narinder Modi in an apologetic way not to touch Article 35-A, she should have told Modi that Kashmiris are not fighting for what they have within Indian constitution but are seeking a permanent resolution to the dispute".
Singh was responding when asked to comment on a controversy generated on Article 35A, which grants special privileges to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi addressing a gathering in Budgam said that hectic efforts were on to do away with the special status of Kashmir by challenging Article 35A in the Indian Supreme Court.
Mehbooba had met opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah this week to seek the support of his party on the issue.
"Excuse us if we no longer believe what @MehboobaMufti says after she comes out from these meetings".
"His (Rana's) statement that Jammu will be affected far more than Kashmir since no outsider will like to settle there but will flock in hordes to settle in Jammu clearly indicates the mindset of his party that has always advocated politics of exclusion", he said.
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"What assurance did Mehbooba Mufti manage to get from the Prime Minister?"
Officials in the home ministry had said yesterday that its law officers would be presenting legal aspects related to Article 35A only and would refrain from joining the case.
Mehbooba said any attempt to repeal the provisions will worsen Kashmir's situation.
"Discussions on 35A have a negative impact on Jammu & Kashmir, it should not happen. A message should go that there is no such thing", Mufti said, adding that the state had been facing hard circumstances.
The BJP's Jammu and Kashmir chapter recently upped the ante with its spokesperson Virendra Gupta saying the time had come to bid farewell to articles 370 and 35A of the constitution as they created a "separatist psyche", reported PTI.
He said abrogation of Article 35-A would be economically detrimental to the people of Jammu in particular, as youth would be deprived of jobs and the local business community would suffer due to influx of big business houses and traders from outside the state.