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PDP’s response to legal battle on article 370



[ February 14, 2017 ]
The emotions raised by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with his controversial remark over article 370 at the end of the recently concluded budget session have not brought any perceptible change about the PDP’s alliance with the BJP as the rightwing saffron party by opposing the Chief Minister’s remark tooth and nail on the floor of the assembly in less than twenty four hours and successfully appeased both the Jammuities.

Unfortunately PDP leaders including Chief Minister have been talking much about the protection of article 370 but doing less in combating the cha

The issue as such is bound to flare up the sentiments of people in Kashmir where anger is yet to boil down to the levels of complete normalcy. Unfortunately neither BJP refuted its contradiction of the Chief Minister’s remark on article 370 nor Chief Minister herself reiterated her controversial statement on article 370 and this is enough an indication that PDP and BJP have no agreement on putting contentious political issues like article 370 to facilitate the implementation of the agenda of alliance (AoA) signed between two parties for smooth running of the government in the state. Had Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti not spoke on her intents to deal with the petitions filed against article 370 in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, the controversy over article 370 would not have forced the Speaker to adjourn the assembly sine die six days before the scheduled date without convening the meeting of the business advisory council as required under rules. The way issue of article 370 was hyped just to trigger an unwanted controversy for the purposes of vote bank politics in view of the Lok Sabha bye elections due to be held any time for Srinagar and Anantnag constituencies shows that PDP and BJP have failed to devise institutional arrangement for settlement of contentious issues. In fact the Chief Minister could have silently asked the law department also controlled by her party PDP to pursue vehemently the cases against article 370 in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court without responding to the concerns of the leader of the main opposition National Conference over this issue. By showing the concerns on the competence of the counsels engaged for contesting the cases against article 370 in Delhi high court and supreme court the leader of the opposition National Conference played his cards well but Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti failed to respond quietly and instead triggered a controversial which she could have avoided very easily.





Finally the deeds but not the words of the government in pursuing the cases filed against article 370 in Delhi high court and Supreme Court would show the intents of PDP controlling law department on the protection of article 370. Unfortunately PDP leaders including Chief Minister have been talking much about the protection of article 370 but doing less in combating the challenges thrown by cohorts of BJP to it by filing petitions against article 370 and article 35 A in Delhi high court and supreme court. The legal challenges thrown by BJP cohorts in Delhi high court and supreme court has to be pursued by the law department which has now very genuinely engaged a new counsel to face such bigger challenges on article 370. Though law department has made a good beginning but all depends on how the department controlled by a PDP minister pursues the petitions filed against article 370 and article 35 A in Delhi high court and supreme court.