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Sensitivities of JK need to be recognized, respected: Mehbooba

Says Art 370 basis of Centre-State partnership
Mumbai, Mar 17 (KNS): Appealing people of the country for much more handholding in resolving the issues confronting Jammu & Kashmir, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has said the sensitivities of the State need to be recognized and appreciated which she said are different from any other State in the country.

Addressing the India Today Conclave here today, the Chief Minister stressed upon the need for reaching out to people of the State, particularly youth, in addressing the issues and finding an amicable way ahead. She said issues like revocation of AFSPA and dialogue with all stakeholders in the State should be taken in their perspective to enhance the trust and confidence of the people of the State.
Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Devinder Fadnavis and Shivraj Singh Chouhan also attended the session.
Mehbooba Mufti said Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is not a mere constitutional provision but it guarantees the people of the State an emotional position within the constitutional framework of the country. “Article 370 is the basis of partnership of people of Jammu & Kashmir with their counterparts in rest of the country and the Agenda of Alliance between PDP and BJP has duly recognized that historic reality”, she told the gathering.
During her intervention, the Chief Minister touched upon host of issues like specific needs of the States, federalism and its nature and the need for preserving regional aspirations of people.
Mehbooba Mufti is on a two day visit to Mumbai where she held a series of meetings with captains of Indian industry.