SC verdict on Art 35-A should be respected by all: Harsh

NEW DELHI, AUG 26: Accusing the NC, PDP, Congress and BJP of whipping up passions by making provocative statements over sub-judice Art 35-A pending for hearing in the Supreme Court, the JKNPP led by its Chairman and former Minister Harsh Dev Singh and Yash Paul Kundal Young Panthers State President held a massive protest in New Delhi today at Jantar-Mantar seeking a resolution of the issue as per mandate of constitution and law of land without being influenced by the political slogans given by the various political parties suiting their respective agendas and political convenience. They marched towards the Parliament when they were restrained by the Delhi Police amidst scuffles with police contingents.
Exhorting all the mainstream and Kashmir centric political parties to desist from issuing provocative statements besides use of threatening language over Article 35-A which is sub-judice in the Supreme Court, Harsh Dev Singh rued that such moves are deplorable attempts to influence the judiciary and amount to contempt of court. He said that the Apex Court of the country is seized of all aspects of the Article in question and all need to respect its wisdom and Judgement so as to uphold its sanctity being the highest temple of Justice.
Addressing media, Harsh Dev Singh said while the Congress and the Kashmir centric NC, PDP were on the same page to issue threats of dire consequences in case the article 35-A was tinkered with, the BJP had been making statements to hoodwink the people over the sub-judice issue for mere political interests. He accused all the parties of whipping up the emotions to sway the people and create ripples so as to sub-serve their petty political motives. Lambasting the political parties for issuing threatening statements over the fate of Article 35-A, Singh divulged that such remarks not only made contemptuous mockery of the Hon’ble Court but were highly seditious in nature which should be seriously taken note of by the Governor administration and union govt as well. “Some leaders were hurling threats of civil war in the valley, some were challenging the existence of the National flag in J&K while several staged protests and issued warnings of dire consequences over the outcome of the in case the court verdict did not favour them. We strongly condemn all such parties who were trying to influence the Apex court and polarizing people for their vested political ends”, said Harsh.
Accusing the Saffron party both at the centre and in the State of having been completely exposed for its hypo critic and treacherous character, Harsh Dev Singh regretted that the BJP being a coalition partner in the erstwhile State government had pusillanimously surrendered before the dictates of the secessionist forces operating in the valley who then threatened that any kind of tinkering with the Art 35-A would lead to Palestine like situation in Kashmir. Shockingly, BJP which was now trumpeting the revocation of the disputed article hired four top most Lawyers of the country to defend it while in the coalition with the PDP. He further pointed out that even the Affidavit filed by PDP-BJP govt in Supreme Court had also described Art 35-A as a settled law and sought dismissal of the petition challenging its validity. Terming the Article 35-A as unconstitutional and void-ab-initio, Singh said that it not only deprived the daughters of J&K of their genuine rights but also the West Pak Refugees of their basic rights as citizens despite their successive generations living in the state. “We should however leave it to the wisdom of revered Supreme Court to adjudicate upon the issue. We should have faith in the judiciary. Let the court decide the fate of the Article 35-A. The verdict of the court should be welcomed, respected and accepted by all”, Harsh asserted.
Prominent who spoke on the occasion included Yashpaul Kundal, Gagan Pratap Singh, Surjit Singh, Mohinder Singh, Vishav Singh, Udheyveer, Sukhjeet Singh Sukhi, Kuldeep Singh Guleria, Harbans Sharma, Neeraj Kumar besides others.