Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday broke his silence over government’s move to revoke Article 370 that gave special powers to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the nation is made of people and not plots of land.
“National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land,” Rahul tweeted.
“This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security,” he added.
The government on Monday revoked Article 370 and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh
Union Minister Amit Shah made the announcement in Rajya Sabha, fulfilling the electoral promise of the BJP.
The provisions of Article 370 would cease to exist from the date President of India issues a notification in this regard, after the recommendation of the Parliament. Consequently, the Constitution of India would get applicable to J&K, on par with other states/UTs of the country, the Minister added.
Further, Shah termed the provisions of Article 370 as discriminatory on the basis of gender, class, caste and place of origin. The youth is being taken for a ride by the political elite. This provision was temporary in the first place and it has to go in the larger interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, he added.