Tinkering with Article 35-A won’t be allowed at any cost: Akhtar

‘PM has given complete assurance to the Chief Minister’

‘Agenda for Alliance will be fully respected, implemented’

Srinagar: Government Spokesman Naeem Akhter on Sunday said that his party (PDP) won’t allow any tinkering with article 35-A, which grants special status to the permanent residents of the state.

He added that the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been given assurances by none other than the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the meeting between the two at the Prime Minister’s office two days prior.

While asking the opposition parties to stop the ‘drama’ over the issue, Akhtar said that the Agenda for Alliance will be fully implemented and respected by the central government.

Talking to the news agency KNS Akhtar said, “Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has met the opposition leaders including National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Congress leaders, top leaders of BJP, leaders of smaller regional parties in the state, Home Minister and finally the Prime Minister. She has taken all necessary steps for protecting Article 35-A challenged in Supreme Court through a petition and tinkering with article 35 A and Article 370 won’t be allowed at any cost.”

Claiming that Prime Minister has given complete assurance to Mehbooba on full protection of article 35-A and Article 370 during here meeting with him, Akhtar, who is also the Public Works Minister asked the opposition leaders to stop the drama which they, according to him, are playing on article 35-A.

‘Agenda for Alliance will be respected and fully implemented by the central government and there should not be even an iota of doubt in any body’s mind on this count,” he claimed.

(With inputs from KNS)

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