Supreme Court’s Decision on Article 370: Gupkar Parties Optimistic, BJP Emphasizes Respect for Verdict.
Anticipation Surrounds SC Verdict on Article 370: As the Supreme Court gears up for its Monday verdict on the constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision to revoke Article 370, numerous regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir express hope for the restoration of this contentious provision. In contrast, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emphasizes the need to refrain from politicizing the Supreme Court’s ruling, urging everyone to accord it the due respect it deserves.
While former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed hope that the Supreme Court would rule in favour of the people, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said the court’s decision should be clear that the BJP-led central government’s decision was “illegal.” LIVE updates on the Article 370 ruling
“As I previously stated, only Parliament and the Supreme Court can return Articles 370 and 35A to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” “The Supreme Court bench is non-partisan, and we hope that it will rule in favour of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Azad told reporters on Sunday.
Azad, who founded the Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) after leaving the Congress, stated that reversing the August 5, 2019 choices would require a two-thirds majority in the Lok Sabha.
“Returning Article 370 and Article 35A would necessitate 350 Lok Sabha seats.” In Jammu and Kashmir, any regional party can win three, four, or five seats. That would not suffice. I don’t see the opposition putting up such a fight. Modiji (Prime Minister Narendra) had the majority, yet he did not act. So only the Supreme Court can do it,” Azad was reported as saying by the news agency PTI.
Azad further stated that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, regardless of religion or ethnicity, have an emotional affinity to the special constitutional provisions that were abrogated four years ago.
According to Azad, Maharaja Hari Singh imposed the special rules in 1925 to secure land and jobs for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “After independence, these provisions were incorporated into the country’s Constitution as Article 35A.” “There have been so many governments come and go in the last 100 years, and no one felt the need to change it,” he added.
NC, according to Omar Abdullah, will not disrupt the peace.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has stated that his party will not disturb the peace in Jammu and Kashmir even if the Supreme Court rules against the repeal of Article 370 and will fight in accordance with the law.
The NC and PDP are members of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), commonly known as the Gupkar Alliance, which was created by Jammu and Kashmir political parties to campaign for the reinstatement of Article 370.
“Let the Supreme Court render its decision. If we had to shake things up, we would have done so after 2019. However, we stated then and reaffirm now that our fight will be peaceful and in accordance with the Constitution, with the assistance of the law to protect our rights and maintain our identity. What’s the problem? In a democracy, don’t we have the right to say this? In a democracy, can’t we raise objections? “If others can communicate, why can’t we?” On Sunday, Omar spoke at a party convention in Rafiabad, Baramulla district.
Abdullah stated that police had been summoning National Conference leaders to police stations and “intimidating” them since Saturday night.
“The Supreme Court has not yet rendered a decision.” How can you find out what the verdict is? Perhaps it is in our favour! What is the point of summoning my party members to police stations…
“Allah willing, if the verdict goes against them (BJP), what will you do if they start writing against it on Facebook?” he said.
Abdullah said there was no justification to put curbs on National Conference leaders as they have always been votaries of peace.
“We had knocked at the door of the Supreme Court in the hope of getting justice and that sentiment persists even today,” he said.
Mehbooba Mufti is on the BJP’s agenda.
Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said it is the top court’s obligation to ensure that it does not promote the BJP agenda while maintaining the country’s and the Constitution’s integrity.
“I think the decision should be simple that whatever was done on August 5, 2019, was illegal, unconstitutional, against Jammu and Kashmir and the promises made to the people here,” she went on to say.
Ravinder Raina, the BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit chief, stated that the Supreme Court heard all parties in a fair and transparent manner.
“We are confident that, following the Supreme Court’s decision, it will no longer be a political issue.” We are all citizens of this democratic country, and we must all respect and accept whatever judgement the Supreme Court makes.
“Our judiciary is unparalleled.” Raina stated, “There should be no politics in the verdict.”
J&K has made security arrangements.
Meanwhile, authorities have stated that proper security arrangements have been taken to guarantee that the calm is not disturbed.
“We are duty-bound to ensure that peace prevails in the Valley under all circumstances,” Kashmir Zone Inspector General of Police (IGP) V K Birdi told PTI.
While the IGP refused to provide specifics about the security measures for Monday, he said say “adequate arrangements” had been made.
(With agency contributions)