J&K Legislature has no jurisdiction to discuss international relations or defence matters

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Member of National Integration Council has challenged the legality and competence of the Legislative Council/Assembly to entertain any matter for any discussion connected with the External Affairs, Defence or International Borders. Prof.Bhim Singh said that State of J&K even under Article 370 has no authority to interfere with any subject mentioned in List-I (Union List) of Seventh Schedule. He said that Army is covered under Item-2 of the Union List whereas Foreign Affairs are covered under Item-10. Item-9 clearly states that all matters relating to Defence, Foreign Affairs or the security of India are the subjects which can only be discussed or interfered with by the Parliament. The State Legislature is no competent to discuss any matter and entertain any resolution relating to any matter connected with International Borders or Defence.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that a so-called private resolution introduced today (27th August, 2014) and projected by a National Conference (ruling) MLC in the Legislative Council is not only obnoxious, illegal or unconstitutional but amounts to direct interference with the boundaries and jurisdiction of the Parliament. Hence it amounts to treason and therefore must be condemned by all nationalists. Neither the Chairman of the Council nor the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly has any competence to entertain such a resolution from any Member whatsoever.