Our political fight will go on regardless of Supreme Court verdict on revocation of Article 370: Omar Abdullah

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah, has reaffirmed his commitment to the political battle against the revocation of Article 370, regardless of the impending verdict by the Supreme Court.

“We were the first to move the Supreme Court challenging the revocation of Article 370,” Abdullah said while addressing reporters in Kulgam. “Regardless of the eventual decision, our political fight will persist.”

The Supreme Court is anticipated to announce its verdict on a series of petitions contesting the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A, which granted special constitutional provisions to Jammu and Kashmir.

Abdullah criticized the BJP-led Central government, accusing it of straining relations between Jammu and Kashmir residents and the rest of the country with the decision to revoke Article 370. 

“No one was content with the decision,” he asserted during his media address.

The contentious move to revoke the special status under Article 370 was executed by the Centre on August 5, 2019, during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government’s second term, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Article 370, established on October 17, 1949, exempted the erstwhile state from the majority of the Constitution’s provisions, allowing it to formulate its own Constitution.

The prolonged case challenged the government’s decision to annul Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370, along with contesting the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, which divided the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.