Ms Mufti, who has met all the stakeholders in the state to ensure they were on the same page, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday to question him on the Centre's stance on the issue. Sources said the minister had explained that since the issue was procedural and not substantive, the Attorney General will "present the legal position as it prevails in the constitution".
The plea says Article 35A discriminates against women of the state, who lose their right to own property in the state if they marry a "non-resident". Men from the state can own property irrespective of whom they marry.
The petition in the Supreme Cour, focuses on procedure, so the Attorney General will take a stance as enumerated in the Constitution, the source said.
The Chief Minister's anxiety stems from the diametrically opposite view of alliance partner BJP on the rule. The BJP has long maintained that Article 35-A is discriminatory in nature and should be scrapped. The people of the state feel that any tampering with the law will have a direct effect on the demography of the state.
The Supreme Court has also asked the Centre to respond to another plea that challenges the validity of Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants Jammu and Kashmir its autonomous status.
The agitation against both issues has travelled beyond the mainstream in Kashmir Valley. Separatists have called for a shutdown on August 12 to register their protest.
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