The BJP in its manifesto had said it was “committed to annulling Article 35A” of the Constitution of India as the provision is “discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir”.
The article provides special rights and privileges to the natives of Jammu and Kashmir
“We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state,” it said.
Article 35A was incorporated in the Constitution in 1954 through a presidential order on recommendations of the then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru’s cabinet.This provision gives permanent residents of the state special rights and privileges in government jobs, scholarships, aids and acquisition of property.
No non-state subject can buy land or settle permanently in Jammu and Kashmir due to the article.
Shah has also reiterated his party’s position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370, which allows a separate flag and constitution for the state. On illegal immigration, Shah has promised the adoption of NRC across the country.
Currently the NRC is being updated in Assam. When the draft NRC was published on July 30, 2018, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it. The draft NRC included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the tota ..
The Supreme Court-monitored NRC exercise, aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in the state that borders Bangladesh, was carried out only in Assam, which faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday shuffled his pack of the members of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) by allocating Home Ministry to BJP chief Amit Shah and assigning the crucial portfolio of Defence to Rajnath Singh. While Nirmala Sitharaman has been assigned Finance, the new entrant to the government, former diplomat S Jaishankar, has been made the External Affairs Minister.
Assigning Home portfolio to Shah holds significance for the internal security issues before the country. A staunch believer in BJP’s ideology, Shah will now be tackling the issues related to Jammu & Kashmir, Citizenship Amendments Bill and NRC as well as Naxal challenges before the country. Shah will also be handling the centre-state relationship and will control Delhi Police which has been used as an irritant by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal against the Central government.
While most ministers from the previous ministry have retained their portfolios, some major upgrades appear to be Finance going to Nirmala Sitharaman while Piyush Goyal has been assigned Commerce portfolio along with his previous responsibility of Railways. Likewise, Narendra Singh Tomar has got Agriculture with the Rural Development portfolio he held in the previous ministry. Ravi Shankar Prasad too has got the portfolio of Communication with the Law and IT that he held in the previous government. Dharmendra Pradhan has got Steel portfolio added to his previous Petroleum portfolio.