Renowned motivational speaker and founder of Isha Foundation, Sadhguru, has demanded the Indian government to revoke Article 370 - which grants special autonomous status to J&K - in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.
On February 14, a 70-vehicle convoy carrying CRPF jawans from Jammu to Srinagar was struck with an IED blast. In what was one of the worst terror attacks in recent times, 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives, and the responsibility for the attack was claimed by terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Taking to Twitter, the spiritual guru stated that enough lives have been laid down and the time has now come for the government to strike down the Article 370 and integrate Jammu and Kashmir with the nation.
"Enough is Enough. Too much blood and resources wasted. Time to ordinance repeal of Article 370 and integrate the Nation. ITS TIME HAS COME," he message read on the social media website.
The Article 370 of the Indian constitution provides special autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It means that while whole of India follows the provisions laid down in the constitution, the same isn't applicable in J&K. Further, the laws drafted by the Centre - except foreign, defence, finance and communications - won't be followed in J&K unless the state government approves them.
A section people within the country have been demanding over the years that Article 370 be struck down. BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay had in fact filed a plea in front of the Supreme Court in Septemeber 2018 seeking urgent hearing.
The apex court on Monday took up the matter and said that it would look into the BJP leader's PIL. In his plea, Upadhyay had contended that the special provision was "temporary" in nature at the time of framing of the Constitution and Article 370(3) lapsed with the dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly on January 26, 1957.
(With inputs from PTI)