Total Betrayal Of Trust Of People Of Jammu And Kashmir: Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah Slams Scrapping Of Article 370
Abdullah said that the Modi govt had "resorted to deceit and stealth in recent weeks to lay the ground for these disastrous decisions."
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called the resolution scrap Article 370 “total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had reposed in India when the State acceded to it in 1947”.
“The decisions are unilateral, illegal and unconstitutional and will be challenged as such by the National Conference. A long and tough battle lies ahead”: Omar Abdullah said in a statement.#JammuAndKashmir#Article370
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In a statement, Abdullah wrote, “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.”
Slamming the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in the Centre, Abdullah wrote it has “resorted to deceit and stealth in recent weeks to lay the ground for these disastrous decisions.”
He added, “Our darkest apprehensions have unfortunately come true after the GOI, and its representatives in J & K lied to us that nothing major was planned. The announcement was announced after the entire state, particularly the Kashmir Valley, was turned into a garrison. Those of us who gave a democratic voice to the people of Jammu and Kashmir are incarcerated as lakhs of armed security personnel have been put on the ground.”
“The scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A,” wrote Abdullah, “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.cA long and tough battle lies ahead. We are ready for that.”
Both Omar Abdullah and Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti were put on house arrest late on Sunday night. Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference leader Sajjad Ghani Lone too was put under house arrest.
Mufti too criticised the move, calling August 5 “the darkest day in Indian Democracy.”
She wrote: “Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy. The decision of J&K leadership to reject two-nation theory in 1947 and align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal and unconstitutional, which will make India an occupational force in J&K.”
On August 5, Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Upper House, per which all clauses of Article 370 will not be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir. A Presidential Order removed provisions under Article 35A, which gives Jammu and Kashmir special treatment. The revocation of Article 370 came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of Union Cabinet morning.
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As per news reports, the state will be bifurcated. Ladakh will be a separate Union Territory and Jammu and Kashmir to be another. Shah proposed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill. Jammu and Kashmir will be Union Territory with a legislature, like Delhi. Ladakh will be a Union Territory without a legislature.
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