Multi-party alliance in Kashmir mulling review petition on Article 370

The multi-party coalition People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) has declared its intention to explore the possibility of lodging a review petition in the Supreme Court, the PAGD spokesman MY Tarigami said. The move is in response to the recent verdict that upheld the Central government’s decision to revoke Article 370 provisions.

Tarigami addressed the media in Jammu, expressing discontent with the Supreme Court’s ruling, stating, 

“What the government of India did on August 5 (2019) is not an ordinary mistake; it was an assault on our basic constitutional rights, rights of people of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh,” Tarigami while revealing the ongoing discussions among stakeholders and petitioners to seek justice and reconsider the apex court’s decision.

The Supreme Court’s five-judge constitution bench, on December 11, upheld the Centre’s decision to annul Article 370 through a presidential order issued in August 2019. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) was among the parties challenging these decisions and expressed dismay at the apex court’s verdict.

Tarigami, representing the Gupkar Alliance—a multi-party front advocating for Article 370 restoration—highlighted the available option to file a review petition. “Why would we construe that doors will not open for us? Some retired justices, who are colleagues, also feel that there is room for a review petition before the apex court,” he added.

Asserting that Article 370 served as a bridge, Tarigami criticized Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and central leaders for allegedly propagating misleading narratives. He contested claims that Article 370 was responsible for terrorism and other issues in the Union Territory, emphasizing its role as a link between J&K and India.

Responding to Sinha’s recent statement attributing the implementation of the Anand Marriage Act to the abrogation of Article 370, Tarigami highlighted that numerous amendments had been made to the article before its revocation, indicating a broader context to the region’s legislative history.