Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday said revoking Article 370 and reducing the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir was an extremely sad decision and the Congress Party will relook into this issue.
Speaking in Club House chat, Digvijaya Singh said, “Democracy was not there in Kashmir. When they revoked Article 370 then Insaniyat was not there in Kashmir because they had put everyone behind bars: Kashmiriyat is something that is basically the fundamentals of secularism. Because in a Muslim majority state, there was a Hindu Raja and both were together. Kashmiri Pundits were given Reservations in Kashmir in government services. So, therefore, Kashmir is an extremely sad decision. And the Congress Party would certainly have to have a relook into this issue.”
Following the Congress leader’s remark, BJP IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya alleged that Digvijaya’s statement goes along the line of Pakistan.”In a Club House chat, Rahul Gandhi’s top aide Digvijaya Singh tells a Pakistani Journalist that if Congress comes to power they will reconsider the decision of abrogating Article 370… really? This is what Pakistan wants…”
On August 5, 2019, a little over two months into a historic second term, the Modi government divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories and did away with its special status.
Article 370, combined with Article 35A, accorded Jammu and Kashmir special status under the Constitution of India, allowing it to have a separate constitution and a separate penal code among other legal distinctions.
The decision to end the special status for J & K marked the fulfilment of BJP’s long-standing agenda and its 2014 poll manifesto promise.