NEW DELHI — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said that Article 370, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has to go “lock stock and barrel.”
“As far as 370 is concerned, our ideological commitment is well known. Article 370 has to go lock stock and barrel as the Home Minister (Amit Shah) clearly mentioned yesterday (in Parliament),” Madhav was quoted as having said by news agency.
“Our government is committed to resolving all outstanding issue in Kashmir. We are moving in that direction,” he said, adding that the article was a temporary provision. “When it was introduced by former PM Nehru, he himself had said that it was temporary and would erode on its own,” Madhav said.
Pertinently, the Supreme Court has said that Article 370 of the Constitution was not a “temporary provision”. It was responding to a plea challenging the validity of Article 370, which grants a special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The petition was filed by Kumari Vijayalakshmi Jha, seeking a declaration that Article 370 was temporary in nature.
The petitioner had claimed before the high court that Article 370 was a temporary provision that had lapsed with the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in 1957.
A Bench of judges Adarsh K Goel and R F Nariman said, “The issue concerned is covered by the judgment of this court in the 2017 SARFAESI matter, where we have held that despite the headnote of Article 370, it is not a temporary provision.”