In a major announcement, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday revoked clauses of Article 370 and Article 35A, which confers special status Jammu and Kashmir. The announcement by Amit Shah came amid heavy Opposition uproar. The removal of Article 370 and Article 35A ends special status for Kashmir, which was key to its accession to India in 1947. Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh to be two separate Union Territories; the former will not have a legislature.
Here's how top political leaders reacted on scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A in J&K:
BJD, YSRCP. BSP, AIADMK, Shiv Sena and BPF (Assam) have supported the government's resolution on Article 370 in J&K. Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal too supported Modi govt's move of revoking special status to Jammu and Kashmir and said "this will bring peace and development in the state".
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has termed scrapping of Article 370 as a betrayal of trust of the people of the Valley.
Statement of Omar Abdullah, Vice-President of National Conference and former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, on revoking of Article 370 and other decisions announced by Government of India. pic.twitter.com/L9RXggb10k— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hailed Modi government's decision to revoke Article 370 on Monday and showered praises at PM Narendra Modi and Amir Shah for 'correcting a historical blunder'.
"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," he tweeted.
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.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) August 5, 2019
Reacting on government's decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti termed it as 'darkest day in Indian democracy'
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti, in a tweet, said: "Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K."
Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy. Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) August 5, 2019
Amid the turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, several top political leaders condemned the house arrest of top political leaders of the state, including Mebooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone, amidst speculations of big decision making in New Delhi. Leaders including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, former Union Minister P Chidambaram and CPI-M chief Sitaram Yechury criticized the government for the detention of the political leadership in Kashmir.
Here's who said what:
Congress leader P Chidambaram:
In a series of tweets on Monday, P Chidambaram said that the house arrest of politicians signals that govt will defy all democratic norms and principles to achieve its objects in Jammu and Kashmir.
"I had warned of a misadventure in J&K. It seems the government is determined to embark upon one. The house arrest of J&K leaders is a signal that the government will defy all democratic norms and principles to achieve its objects. I condemn the house arrests," Chidambaram tweeted.
The house arrest of J&K leaders is a signal that the government will defy all democratic norms and principles to achieve its objects. I condemn the house arrests.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 5, 2019
"Before the day is over we will know if there will be a major crisis in J&K. Keeping my fingers crossed," Chidambaram said in another tweet.
Congress' Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor expressed concern over Kashmir leaders being "kept under house arrest overnight" when "they have done no wrong".
"What is going on in J&K? Why would leaders be arrested overnight while having done no wrong? If Kashmiris are our citizens & their leaders our partners, surely the mainstream ones must be kept on board while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who’s left?" Tharoor tweeted.
What is going on in J&K? Why would leaders be arrested overnight while having done no wrong? If Kashmiris are our citizens &their leaders our partners, surely the mainstream ones must be kept on board while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who’s left?— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 4, 2019
Earlier, Tharoor had extended his support to NC leader Omar Abdullah said "every Indian democrat" would stand with the "mainstream" leaders of the state.
"You are not alone Omar Abdullah. Every Indian democrat will stand with the decent mainstream leaders in Kashmir as you face up to whatever the government has in store for our country. Parliament is still in session and our voices will not be stilled," he tweeted.
CPI-M chief Sitaram Yechury questioned the situation of the state
"What is going on in Jammu & Kashmir?" he tweeted.
What is going on in Jammu & Kashmir? https://t.co/m6mhuHzbeM— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) August 4, 2019
Delhi legislator Kapil Mishra took to Twitter to remind opposition that 'India is watching'
"Dear Indian Opposition, remember India is watching you. Don't try to play villain when a common dream of crores of Indians is coming true. Just don'tStand strong behind Narendra Modi & Amit Shah. This is the least you can do for Mother India today," he tweeted.
Meanwhile, unlike political leaders, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher extended his support to PM Modi-led BJP government and tweeted Kashmir solution has begun, amid turmoil in Valley.
Kashmir Solution has begun.🇮🇳— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) August 4, 2019
Amid the turmoil in the Valley, the government imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in Srinagar district with effect from Sunday night, while the same comes under effect in Jammu from 6 am today, as a precautionary measure.
Mobile internet services have been suspended in the Jammu and Kashmir Valley. Satellite phones are being provided to police officials and district magistrates. Schools and colleges have been shut down in Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur and Doha. Several educational institutions have ordered their students to vacate hostels.
Amid current situation in Kashmir, there have been concerns that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has come through on their long-standing promise of revoking Article 35A and 370, which gives special rights and privileges to the state's citizens in government jobs and land.
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