The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday for the fourth time agreed to hear a plea seeking an absolute barrage of Article 370 that grants a special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Issuing a notice on the petition challenging the provision of special status to the state by the means of Article 370, SC directed the Centre to respond with details.
The filed petition is the fourth of its kind to have challenged the provision of Jammu and Kashmir as a special state. Seeking abrogation of the separate Constitution running in the state, the PIL has also demanded it’s unification with the Constitution of India.
Article 370 of the Indian Constitution grants special autonomous status to the state of J&K.
The Supreme Court decision on the matter comes at a time when politics is already heating up over the debate on Article 35A of the Constitution which gives the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly power to define its permanent citizens.
Opposition and political leaders in the state are set to oppose any development in the direction of the abolition of the Article 35A.
Former Chief Minister of Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah has warned of an uproar if a move to repeal the Article is executed.
“When it will come to that decision (the abolition of Article 35A), you will see this mass rising of people. Don’t forget the Amarnath land controversy in 2008 which saw people rose overnight,” said the party chief of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference.
With a BJP shared governance in the state, the Centre’s reply to the Supreme Court on the issue would have to adhere with its political promises in the state. BJP has for long demanded repealing of the Article 370, but the procedure requires support of the state Assembly, which has acted as a barrier.