The common citizen of State hurt by ‘erroneous vision’
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said Article 35A was a piece of legislation that was “constitutionally vulnerable” and coming in the way of economic development of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a blog entitled “The Rule of Law and the State of Jammu and Kashmir”, Mr. Jaitley said the seven-decade history of the State confronts changing India with several questions, adding that most Indians now believe that the “Nehruvian course” was a “historical blunder”. “Does our policy today have to be guided by that erroneous vision or an out of box thinking which is in consonance with ground reality?” he queried.
अनुच्छेद 35A संविधान में चुपके से जोड़ा गया था। इससे राज्य में निवेश और रोजगार सृजन रुक गया और इसका खामियाजा राज्य की जनता को भुगतना पड़ रहा है। pic.twitter.com/9k0ibP4yqS
— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 28, 2019
Giving a background of Article 35A, legislation that places restrictions on non-permanent residents buying property in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Jaitley alleged said the act had been “surreptitiously” included by a presidential notification in the Constitution in 1954. Article 35A, he said, was neither a part of the original Constitution framed by the Constituent Assembly nor did it come as a Constitutional Amendment under Article 368 of the Constitution which requires approval by a two-third majority of both Houses of Parliament.
(This story originally appeared on The Hindu)