SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday said that NC is prepared for a long battle for the restoration of Article 370.
Describing the Supreme Court’s decision on the abrogation of Article 370 as disappointing, Omar Abdullah while streaming live on X said, “The Supreme Court has affirmed the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories today. We were not expecting such a verdict. We were hoping for justice for the people of Jammu and Kashmir from the highest court of the country.
Unfortunately, we could not convince the 5 bench judges of the SC but I can say with certainty that we could not have done more than that.”
“The fact is that our opponents also admitted that the National Conference left no stone unturned to defend the case and we could not have expected our lawyers Kapil Sibal and Gopala Subramaniam to present our case in a better way. In this moment of collective despair, we apologize to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and to those in the country who wanted us to succeed in this fight,” he added.
Reiterating his determination to continue struggle for the restoration of the constitutional and democratic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the NC Vice President said, “I want to tell the people that the matter does not end here, our efforts will not end here. Apart from the court, our position has always been that this is a political fight, a constitutional fight, a fight within the realm of law. There have been some judgements, where the Supreme Court gave its verdict exactly opposite to today’s verdict. Earlier a 3-judge bench had said that Article 370 has acquired permanent status after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly. Sampat Prakash’s judgment is a case in point.”
He further said, “Today the five-judge bench changed the decision of a 3-judge bench. Another bench may change the decision of these 5 judges in the future. As far as politics is concerned, did the BJP stop its efforts after the Supreme Court’s decision in the Sampat Prakash case? No, they didn’t. To achieve what BJP started in 1950 and after more than 70 years they were successful. We will also continue our efforts, we will not stop our efforts, we will continue our struggle by adopting the constitution and democratic methods peacefully, with the hope that if not today, then tomorrow, a situation will arise in the country when we can regain what has been taken away from us.”
He said, “I want to assure our people that indeed we failed today, but we are not hopeless. We will not budge and will continue our struggle for restoration of our rights.”
“I take this opportunity to congratulate the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their steadfastness and patience especially after the events of Aug 05 2019. They did not let the situation and environment deteriorate, they did not take the law into their own hands. I hope and pray we continue to adopt a similar plan in the future, because this fight is not a fight for a day, a week or maybe even a year, no one can say when we will reach our destination in this fight, but God willing we will reach the destination,” he said.