Following her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said she received "100 percent assurance" on maintenance of the status quo of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, which provide the state its "special status".
The poll panel had earlier planned to conduct the by-poll on April 12, but had subsequently postponed it to May 25, citing similar problems in the Kashmir Valley.
Pointing out that the state is governed by Indian Constitution as well as the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, Rana said: "We have been vested with certain rights and we will fight for their protection". What matters is what the PM said. The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, which was framed in 1956 retained the definitions of Permanent Residents in the 1927 and 1932 notifications.
Zafar Shah said civil society must engage a top lawyer outside the territory to counter the petition against Article 35A.
She said Idea of India has to accommodate idea of Jammu & Kashmir. "It is a sensitive and debatable issue and it will be kept in public domain so as to take on board people of all three regions of the state including civil societies, " said state Congress vice-president Sham Lal Sharma.
"We are part of India and we are Indians".
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought PM Modi's intervention to avoid the crisis. He pointed out that people from Gujjar and Bakerwal communities got Scheduled Tribe status way back in 1991, but they did not get political reservation in the state legislature despite the fact that they were the third largest group after Kashmiri Muslims and Dogras.
The NGO contended that the 1954 order was supposed to be a temporary provision.
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 BJP has historically opposed it and asked for the abolition of Article 370 and special status for the state. It also made a decision to appeal to the legal luminaries of occupied Kashmir to rise to the occasion and fight the case in Indian Supreme Court and engage the services of competent lawyers if necessary. He said "By calling J&K India's crown Mehbooba has been very unfair to the people of state and also to the historical facts and has insulted the huge sacrifices offered by people of J&K for right to self-determination". More than 6,000 mainstream party workers, mainly from Farooq Abdullah's National Conference, have been killed during militancy just because they stood by the covenant.