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PDP MLA moves bill that can split J&K from India

Last Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 14:15

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: A new political storm is brewing in Jammu & Kashmir after People’s Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Nizam-ud-din Bhat moved a bill seeking changes in the state’s constitution, which if approved can make the state an alienable part of India.

As per a report, Bhatt submitted a private member bill in the state Assembly seeking “substitution of Section 147, proviso 2 of J&K constitution by a new clause that by implication would remove the restriction on the members not to amend Section 3, which describes the Jammu and Kashmir as integral part of India”.

Under Section 147 proviso 2, no bill can be moved to amend Section 3 of the Constitution, according to which J&K is an integral part of India.

“Existing proviso is violation of basics of the constitutional guarantees and runs against the spirit of changing democracy in J&K which is facing the problem of alienation. Also, debarring of the legislature from bringing a piece of legislation is an undesirable restriction which needs to be removed”, Bhat was quoted as saying.

Bhat, a former journalist-turned politician, had won the 2008 Assembly election on PDP ticket from Bandipora constituency of north Kashmir.

In support of his bill, Bhatt claims that the motive behind such a move is to get the constitutional powers to solve the Kashmir tangle.

PDP MLA’s ambitious plan, however, may not click since his bill seeks constitutional amendment and hence requires two-thirds majority to pass. Moreover, as the bill is a private member bill, it would not be passed in the Assembly even if it is put for discussion and vote.

Meanwhile, PDP too has distanced itself from saying they have nothing to do with the bill.

First Published: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 13:20
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