Article 370 Verdict: NC, PDP demands reinstatement, BJP calls for respect; Valley on high alert

As various parties hold divergent expectations, the region remains in a state of anticipation, with security agencies maintaining vigilance to uphold peace and order.

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Courtesy: ANI

New Delhi: In the wake of the revocation of Article 370, the region has witnessed a cascade of strict measures, including the detention or house arrest of numerous political figures and activists. As the Supreme Court prepares to pronounce its verdict on the constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision to revoke Article 370, various political parties in Jammu and Kashmir are poised with anticipation, each harboring distinct hopes for the outcome.

BJP's call for respect

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stands confident in its decision taken on August 5, 2019. Emphasizing the significance of respecting the court's decision, the BJP has urged all parties to avoid politicizing the verdict. This call for restraint in political maneuvering echoes the party's commitment to upholding the integrity of the judicial process.

Omar Abdullah's commitment to peace

Former Chief Minister and National Conference senior leader Omar Abdullah have affirmed his party’s commitment to maintaining peace in Jammu and Kashmir, irrespective of the court’s decision. This stance underscores the party's dedication to stability in the region.

Mehbooba Mufti's stand on 'illegality'

Mehbooba Mufti, President of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has underscored the court’s role in confirming what she deems the “illegality” of the BJP-led central government’s actions regarding Article 370. Her emphasis on the court's verdict as a crucial determinant of legality adds a layer of complexity to the political landscape.

Advocating for reinstatement of Article 370

Part of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), the National Conference (NC), and the PDP continue to advocate for the reinstatement of Article 370. Ghulam Nabi Azad, a former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, expresses optimism regarding a favorable verdict from the Supreme Court in this long-awaited case.

Ensuring peace on the ground

As the political anticipation heightens, the governor administration in the region assures "adequate" arrangements on the ground to maintain law and order. Security agencies, including the police, have taken proactive measures to prevent the disturbance of peace. The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Zone V K Birdi, emphasizes the duty-bound commitment to ensuring peace prevails in the valley under all circumstances.

Mitigating social media risks

In the era of digital communication, a strict vigil on social media is paramount to avoid the spread of misinformation or provoking content. The police are taking precautions to preemptively address any attempts to disturb peace through online channels.

BJP's agenda and regional ramifications

The revocation of Article 370, a pivotal element of the BJP's agenda, has had far-reaching consequences, marked by stringent restrictions and the detention or house arrest of numerous political figures and activists. Understanding the regional implications of this decision is crucial for contextualizing the political landscape.