Srinagar, April 4: While welcoming the Supreme Court’s assertions that Article 370 of the Constitution is not a temporary provision, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today said that the apex court has reiterated the reality about the Article 370.
In a statement issued to press here he said that CPI (M) position has always been that the Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is in the basic structure of Indian Constitution and with Supreme Court reiterating it there is no doubt left now. Even if some party or group of parties having a majority in Parliament claims that they will abolish the Article 370, the reality is that they can’t abrogate it. The position of BJP and Sangh Parivar on Article 370 is hollow and they are only doing it for electoral gains. Their claims on Article 370 are unfounded that they can abrogate Article 370.
Seeking abrogation of Article 370 is not only unwarranted but totally unacceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It is our unalterable opinion that Article 370 of the Constitution should act as a bridge between the Union and the state and the provisions which have been eroded from time-to-time should be restored without any delay.
J&K acceded to India under the guarantees provided by the Constitution of India. It is the Constituent Assembly which incorporated Article 370 in the Constitution providing a constitutional basis for the relationship of J&K with the Union. These provisions have been guaranteed by the Constitution because we have a unique history, heritage, and identity.