NC, PDP consider moving court against Centre

The government gave its nod to an ordinance that gives reservation benefits to SCs, STs in Jammu and Kashmir

By PTI in Srinagar
  • Published 1.03.19, 3:58 PM
  • Updated 1.03.19, 3:58 PM
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National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. The Telegraph file picture

The National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Friday that they were mulling moving court against the Centre's decision to extend the 77th and 103rd Amendments of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir in the absence of an elected government in the state.

The reactions come after the Union government on Thursday gave its nod to the promulgation of an ordinance for giving reservation benefits to SCs and STs in Jammu and Kashmir by amending a clause of the contentious Article 370, which gives special status to the state.

"It will serve the purpose of application of relevant provisions of the Constitution of India, as amended through the Constitution (77th Amendment) Act, 1995 and Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019 for Jammu and Kashmir, by issuing the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019 by the President under clause (1) of Article 370," Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had said.

In a series of tweets, NC leader Omar Abdullah said: "Article 370 makes concurrence of Government of Jammu and Kashmir a condition precedent for extension of a Constitutional provision not falling under three subjects."

Abdullah said his party would consult eminent lawyers to explore how the decision can be challenged in the court of law.

Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti.
Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti. The Telegraph file picture

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the Centre using the governor's office for extending the amendments to Jammu and Kashmir seemed to be a "sinister" move aimed at "disempowering" the state.

She questioned the intentions of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre asking why people of Kashmir were being pushed to the wall? 

The official Twitter handle of the PDP said the Union cabinet's decision was in "contravention" of the spirit of Indian Constitution's Article 370.