The Apex Court on Monday admitted a plea that challenges the legality of Article 370. The plea challenges the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. The plea says that Article 370 has lapsed and urged that the separate constitution of Jammu and Kashmir be declared illegal. The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre, seeking a response to the plea.
This plea comes in the wake of the ongoing debate on Article 35A of the Constitution, which entitles the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to define Permanent Residents of the state, is brewing in political circles. National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said that abrogation of Article 35A will lead to a “revolt”. “When it will come to that decision, you will see this mass rising. Don’t forget when the Amarnath land row happened in 2008, people rose overnight,” he said.
Notably, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have been calling for repealing Article 370 of the Constitution.