In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) President, Professor Bhim Singh, has urged the Indian Parliament to reconsider its deci-sion of 5 August 2019.
Professor Bhim Singh in a statement in Jammu while referring to the Notifications of 1927 and 1932 said, “The decision cannot change ‘J&K Resi-dents Law’ enacted by Maharaja Hari Singh and approved by the Constituent Assembly.”
Singh challenged the move of the parliament “to change the laws made by the rulers of J&K more so when the Constituent Assembly (of India), during a debate on the ‘Constitution and Fundamental Rights’, clearly mentioned them as valid laws”.
“The parliament cannot change the Notifications of 1927 and 1932. The Notification of 1927 was amended by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1932.
The law enacted in 1927 known as ‘State Subject’ in J&K was approved by the Constituent Assembly of India in 1949,” he said, challenging the Indian parliamen-tarians who chose to ratify Article 35-A and dared to change the Ordinance (Notification) signed by Maharaja Hari Singh.
He said that the notification signed by Maharaja Hari Singh gave only citizenship rights of Jammu and Kashmir to the state subjects of the territory.
Bhim invited the law-makers in the present parliament to join the constitutional fight to “restore the letter and spirit of the constitution of India as the framers of the constitution had proposed in it (con-stitution).” He said that the lawmakers in the par-liament genuinely chose not to change the laws made by the rulers of Jammu and Kashmir.
“If the Constituent Assembly, comprising senior prominent leaders from different political parties, had taken a decision to allow the Maharaja’s Notifi-cation of 1932 to stay then what made the parlia-ment change its mind in 2019,” Bhim said.
He ap-pealed to the Members of Parliament to rethink the law made on 5 August 2019, changing the laws made and approved by the Indian Constituent As-sembly.—KMS