Jammu & Kashmir: Indian political leaders speak on Article 370

Chennai: Article 370 of the Indian constitution was scrapped today, removing Jammu & Kashmir’s special status, and people are wondering, how can the Union Cabinet pass a resolution, instead of amending the Indian Constitution. Here is what the twitteratis have tweeted.

A monumental decision: Jaitley

BJP leader Arun Jaitley today said the government’s move on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is a monumental decision towards national integration.

Asserting that separate status led to separatism, he said in a blog that no dynamic nation could allow this situation to continue.

Complimenting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, he said, “A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go.”

“The decision of the government will help the people of Jammu and Kashmir the most. More investment, more industry, more private educational institutions, more jobs and more revenue will come,’ he said, adding that Kashmir’s regional leaders now feel they would not be able to whip up the fake issue of ‘sentiment verses benefit.”

Martyrdom of Dr Mukherjee honoured now: Ram Madhav

BJP leader Ram Madhav today hailed the government’s decision on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and said the martyrdom of its idealogue Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee for complete integration of the state into India has been ‘honoured’.

The national general secretary and the party’s point person in the State said that the complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir was a longstanding demand of the nation.

“What a glorious day. Finally the martyrdom of thousands starting with Dr Shyam Prasad Mukherjee for complete integration of J&K into Indian Union is being honoured and the seven decade old demand of the entire nation being realised in front of our eyes; in our lifetime. Ever imagined?” he tweeted moments after Home Minister Amit Shah made the announcement in Parliament.

While speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Shah moved a resolution that all clauses of Article 370 will not be applicable to the State.

“PM @narendramodi ji ne kamaal kar diya. Desh ki ummeedon pe khare utre. Many many congrats to @narendramodi ji and @AmitShah ji on this historic decision regarding #Article370. This has opened up the path of growth and development for #JammuAndKashmir,” tweeted party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

“Historic and bold,” says Shripad Naik

Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik today described the Centre’s move on Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, as a ‘historic and bold decision.’

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha, moved a resolution that all clauses of Article 370 will not be applicable to the northern State.

Reacting to the government’s move, Naik, who is the Lok Sabha member from North Goa, in a tweet said, “Historic and bold decision by Union Home Minister @AmitShah moves resolution #RajyaSabha to revoke #Article370…#BharatEkHai.”

The government today moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories (UTs) — Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh.

Making the announcement in the Rajya Sabha, Amit Shah said the Union Territory of Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh while the other UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry.

“Betrayal of trust,” says Omar Abdullah

Terming the government’s move on Article 370 ‘unilateral and shocking’, former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said it was a total ‘betrayal of trust’ of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday moved a resolution in both the Houses of Parliament that Article 370 will not be applicable to the state.

“Government of India (GOI)’s unilateral and shocking decisions today are a total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu & Kashmir had reposed in India when the state acceded to it in 1947. The decisions will have far-reaching and dangerous consequences. This is an aggression against people of the State as had been warned by an all-parties meeting in Srinagar yesterday. GOI has resorted to deceit and stealth in recent weeks to lay the ground for these disastrous decisions. Our darkest apprehensions have unfortunately come true after the GOI and its representatives in J&K lied to us that nothing major was planned,” he said.

He said that the announcement was made after the entire State, particularly the Valley, was turned into a garrison. “Those of us who gave democratic voice to the people of Jammu & Kashmir, are incarcerated as lakhs of armed security personnel have been put on the ground. The scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A raise fundamental questions on the state’s accession because that was done on the very terms enunciated in these articles. The decisions are unilateral, illegal and unconstitutional and will be challenged as such by the National Conference . A long and tough battle lies ahead. We are ready for that,” he said.

Subramanian Swamy

Subramanian Swamy tweeted, “So I am proved right. To abolish Art 370 we do not need a Constitutional Amendment. Amit Shah has however informed Parliament by way of a Resolution what President today has already notified. Art 370 died today. Collaterally so Art 35 A”

Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, “People like us who placed faith in Parliament, the temple of democracy have been deceived. Those elements in J&K who rejected the constitution & sought resolution under the UN have been vindicated. This will exacerbate the alienation Kashmiris feel.”

NT Bureau