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WPRs approaching Apex Court 'pinches' Congress leader
Article 35A Row
9/13/2017 11:26:52 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 13: The West Pakistani Refugees filing a petition in the Apex Court seeking abrogation of Article 35A has pinched a senior Congress leader in Kashmir.
A Kashmir based senior Congress leader has issued a statement stating: " People of Jammu and Kashmir should take a note of the fact that another petition has been filed by some West Pakistan Refugees in Jammu before the Supreme Court, also seeking revocation of Article 35-A."
The Congress leader by issuing a statement to safeguard Article 35-A has once again proved that Congress party in Jammu and Kashmir divisions is a divided house as the Jammu based Congress leaders have openly supported the scrapping of this Article.
An analyst said, "The Congress leader has tried to pit WPRs against Kashmiris by projecting that they too have filed a petition seeking scrapping of Article 35A."
He said that someone needs to remind the Congress leader that WPRs are suffering since 1947. "These refugees curse themselves for getting settled in Jammu as till date they have not been given citizenship rights. The houses in which they live are not in their names. Due to Article 35-A they have no right to buy immovable property in the state neither they can vote in the assembly elections, nor they can seek admission in educational institutions run by the state government for their wards nor can they seek employment in the government offices. Isn't this discrimination?" he asked.
A politician said, "A few defeated Congress leaders are hell bent upon ruining the constituency of the party in Jammu region. They have been talking in the language of separatists and seem least bothered about the consequences which the Congress leaders in Jammu can face. They seem hell bent upon once again handing over the Jammu to Bharatiya Janata Party in a platter."
He said, "It's a well established fact that Congress has no following in Kashmir region and it used to win maximum seats from Jammu. The Congress has represented Jammu for decades together but now the party seems to be on the suicidal path."
Sources said that resentment is brewing within the Congress party and leaders from Jammu region have taken a strong note about a few Kashmiri leaders calling the shots and ruining the chances of the Congress to make a comeback. "A few Congress leaders have already taken up the issue with the party high command. They have informed the Congress top brass how the leaders from Kashmir region are ruining the party. They have even told the party high command to ensure that Kashmir based leaders don't issue any controversial statements vis-à-vis Article 35-A," they added.
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