The BJD and BSP extended their support to the stripping down of Article 370 in the Parliament yesterday when Home Minister Amit Shah put up a proposal to dilute the discriminatory provision in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, now support seems to be trickling down from unexpected quarters.
Senior Congress leader Deepender Hooda extended his support to stripping down of Article 370 saying that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and such a move will be beneficial to Kashmiris.
Of course, his support came with riders that such a move should have been made by taking other political parties into confidence.
Congress’ chief whip Bhubaneswar Kalita resigned from Rajya Sabha yesterday because he was upset over Congress’ stand to oppose Centre’s move to dilute Article 370. He stated that Congress’ stand on this issue was “against the people’s feelings” and that the party seemed “ hell-bent on political suicide.”
Another senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi, a close aide of former Congress President and currently UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, too went against the party’s stand and welcomed the move.
“This is an old provision and many freedom fighters did not want this article to stay. On a personal level, my political mentor Ram Manohar Lohia was always against Article 370. Hence, as far as my personal views go, this is a matter of national satisfaction. A mistake which happened during the partition, that has been corrected, even if it took time. I welcome this,” said Dwivedi.
Congress’ Rae Bareli MLA Aditi Singh, too, welcomed the move.
When a Twitter user pointed out that she is a Congress leader, she responded by saying that she is an Indian.
Another Congress leader Milind Deora, while didn’t give explicit support to stripping down of Article 370, he got a lot of flak for saying that the does hope that diluting Article 370 plays out more favourably for Jammu & Kashmir.
Apparently, asking for a debate on the issue and hoping that the government’s move works out in favour of people of Jammu and Kashmir is ‘abandoning liberalism’.
Amidst all this, there has been a stunned silence from former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The brother-sister duo which is quite quick with using memes and Snapchat-generation inspired sarcasm, have oddly remained silent when India corrected a historical wrong. This, when they claim to be proud Kashmiris. This, especially when stripping down the Article 370 rectifies the Himalayan blunder their own great grandfather and former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had committed.
This post was last modified on August 6, 2019 4:48 pm