Don’t Presume What Supreme Court Will Decide On Article 370: Omar Tells Prasad

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SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday took a swipe at Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad over comments on the restoration of Article 370, reminding him that India’s judiciary was independent and asking him not to second-guess Supreme Court judges.

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Taking to social networking site Twitter, Omar wrote, “Dear Ravi Shankar Prasadji, we don’t expect you to restore anything but unless you are suggesting the Supreme Court has surrendered its independence and takes dictation from you please don’t presume to know what the honourable judges will decide.”

On Saturday BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad responded to PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s call for a renewed push against the central government on Article 370 and other issues relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

The minister asserted that not only would special status not be restored to the region, as Mufti demanded, but also that her comments about the national flag were “downright denunciation”.

Seven parties of Jammu and Kashmir — National Conference, People Democratic Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India- Marxist, Peoples Conference, J&K Peoples Movement and Awami National Conference — have joined hands to form the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration to demand the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has been appointed the president of the new outfit and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is the vice-president. The flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir will be the flag of the alliance, it has been decided.

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