Rajnath’s statement on separate PM far from reality: Hasnain
Srinagar, April 04: Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi, NC
candidate for Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency has strongly refuted the Home
Minister’s statement that Article 370 and 35-A will go in case of separate
Prime Minister for Jammu and Kashmir.
Hasnain Masoodi has stated that not only the Articles
370, 35-A have nothing to do with the Sadar-i-Riyasat (President) and
Wazir-e-Azam (Prime Minister) but both the Articles visualize two positions
that are symbols of Jammu and Kashmir’s sovereignty.
Justice Masoodi has pointed out that after accession
was conditionally accepted subject to referendum and Article 370 came into
force both Sadar-i-Riyasat (President) and Wazir-e-Azam (Prime Minister)
remained in place and co-existed with Articles 370 and 35-A for little less
than two decades; that after unwarranted and undemocratic dismissal and arrest
of Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah the first Prime Minister of Jammu
and Kashmir in 1953, the positions were replaced by Governor and Chief Minister
by the 6th constitutional amendment of 1966 to the J&K Constitution and not
by any Presidential order.
He has emphasized that 6th amendment being beyond
Legislative competence of Jammu and Kashmir Legislature can be revoked and
undone anytime by the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature as part of its constitution
obligation not to fiddle with the basic structure of the constitution and
rectify any mistake committed in violation of the Constitution.
Refuting the assertion that restoration of
Sadar-i-Riyasat (President) and Wazir-e-Azam (Prime Minister) would end
Articles 370 and 35-A, Justice Masoodi has maintained that the two position
being provided under the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution and guaranteed by the
pledges made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, more particularly by Delhi
Agreement in 1952, are in tune with the sovereignty enjoyed by the State under
the Agreement and the Constitution. Justice Masoodi was addressing NC workers
of Anantnag Assembly segment and youth wing of the party.