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After Rajnath Singh met CM Mehbooba Mufti, the Home Ministry officials said that that its law officers would be presenting legal aspects related to Article 35A only and would refrain from joining the case.

Mehbooba Mutfi, who arrived here on Thursday, met Modi in the backdrop of a raging debate over the continuity of articles 370 and 35 (A) of the Constitution that give Jammu and Kashmuir, India's only Muslim-majority state, its special status.

J&K CM is also keen to build consensus against scrapping the Constitutional provision, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state's "permanent residents" and their special rights and privileges.

In July, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister warned that any change in Article 35 (A) of the Constitution, would not be in favour of the people living in the Valley and would invite repercussions.

The NC Additional General Secretary, Government of India (GoI) had been dealing with Kashmir with a military might and indulging in killings of innocent Kashmir and the latest assault on Article 35-A was in continuation of its anti-Kashmir policy.

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He also said if the Article 35A is tinkered with, the Dogras will suffer the most and Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to the state, will be rendered merely a "skeleton". The former chief minister advised Mehbooba to not only meet the Prime Minister, but other Central Ministers as well to reiterate the state's stance on the subject. "What happened to her claims of starting talks with separatists, opening roads with Pakistan and self-rule?" "It is void ab initio as it is not passed by Parliament, but has been extended to Jammu and Kashmir by virtue of a Presidential order", he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had then informed the EC that the by-poll needed to be postponed since the security agencies wanted to resume the counter-militancy operations.

"We demand that the rights of all the people of all the three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh-should be protected and there should be no discrimination". But before that, the Centre and state government should clear their stand on the issue, he added.

A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian-occupied Kashmir today (Saturday) against the Indian plans to abrogate Article 35A of Indian Constitution.

"Supreme Court will not acknowledge the assurance of the Supreme Court". After the meeting, Mehbooba Mufti said that she discussed host of issues including Article 35A with the Prime Minister.

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