If Article 370 is repelled by the Supreme Court, Kashmir’s relation with India will get severed and Kashmiris from all segments of society including mainstream and separatists political parties will be on one page, the Insight on Kashmir has learned from various sources.
With the hearing on the constitutional validity of Article 35A at the Supreme Court of India, the prominent Kashmiri leadership have said that Kashmir’s relation with the union will be difficult if Article 370 is repelled.
Some of them have openly said that if Article 370 is tampered, they will shun their differences and unite to protest against the decision.
It has been warned that there will be chaos in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Today, mainstream political parties and Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders are on the same page.
The Supreme Court is beginning the hearing on Article 35A from February 26 and it has led to a lot of anxiety in the Valley.
Article 35A, which was incorporated in the Indian Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state.
It denies property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state. The provision, which leads to such women from the state forfeiting their right over property, also applies to their heirs.
Several petitions, including those by political parties like the National Conference and the CPI-M, were also filed in the Supreme Court in support of Article 35A that also empowers the state Assembly to define “permanent residents” for bestowing special rights and privileges to them.
The state government, while defending the article, had cited two verdicts of the constitution benches of the Supreme Court in 1961 and 1969, which had upheld the powers of the president under Article 370(1)(d) of the Constitution to pass constitutional orders.