Mehbooba Mufti Condemns Centre's Article 370 Move In Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti Condemns Centre

Mehbooba Mufti Condemns Centre's Article 370 Move In Kashmir 

New Delhi: Mehbooba Mufti, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, who is among those placed under house arrest, had said that the government's move to do away with Article 370 of the constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is "illegal" and "unconstitutional". The PDP leader termed government's intention "sinister" and said that the government wants to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.

Home Minister Amit Shah today stunned the parliament when he declared that Jammu and Kashmir will be reorganised and will no longer be a state, after announcing that Article 370 granting special status to the state under the constitution would be scrapped. The Proposal suggests that Ladakh will be a Union Territory without an assembly and Jammu and Kashmir will be a Union Territory with an assembly. There will be two Lieutenant Governors. 

"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," Ms Mufti said.

Also Read: Twitter Reactions On The Scrapping Of Article 370

The Jammu and Kashmir's three leaders Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone, were placed under house arrest after midnight on Sunday in an unprecedented lockdown that follows a massive security build-up and a first-ever government advisory asking Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to leave Kashmir immediately.

Mr Abdullah, also echoed Ms Mufti's thoughts and said that the decision on Article 370 is a "total betrayal of trust" of the people and that it amounted to "aggression".

Ms Mufti took to twitter to say that she is not being allowed to have visitors. "Not sure how long I'll be able to communicate. Is this the India we acceded to?" she wrote.

Mobile internet and phone connections have been blocked in many places and public meetings or rallies have been banned in Srinagar and parts of the state. 

Before the government's official announcement in parliament, the rapid escalation of security measures had fuelled fears of the government's plan to do away with Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

 

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