Even as reports of peaceful celebrations of Eid in the Kashmir valley shows that people in the valley are happy with the integration of Jammu and Kashmir and abrogation of Article 370, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the result is not as per wishes of the people of Kashmir.
Speaking to media after the Congress party selected Sonia Gandhi as president after Rahul Gandhi did not move from his decision after resigning from the party, the former PM said that voices speaking against the Kashmir integration must be heard. "The outcome of this is not to the liking of many in our country and the voice of these people should be heard. The idea of India is very sacred and should be held and its only by raising our voice that this idea of India will prevail," he said.
Former union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday lambasted the BJP for abrogation of Article 370, saying the saffron party would not have "snatched away" the special status had Jammu and Kashmir been a Hindu-dominated state. Alleging that BJP revoked the Article with its "muscle power", he said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was unstable and that international news agencies were covering the unrest, but not Indian media houses.
"...They (BJP) claim Kashmir is stable. Is it? Does it mean stable if Indian media houses don't cover the unrest in J&K?" He also took potshots at seven regional parties ruling in seven states, saying they did not cooperate against the BJP's move in the Rajya Sabha out of "fear". Expressing dissatisfaction over non-cooperation of opposition parties, Chidambaram said, "I know we do not have majority in Lok Sabha, but had the seven parties (AIADMK, YSRCP, TRS, BJD, AAP, TMC, JDU) cooperated, the opposition would have been in majority in RS. This is something disappointing."
Governor Satya Pal Malik said: "There has been relaxation from day before and yesterday. People went for shopping and bought essentials. Today also people offered prayers. It is our responsibility that people do not face any problem. We are ensuring that no person face any problem. There are just couple of places where protest happened with handful of people. Everywhere namaaz was offered."
He then added to those stating that situation is not normal in the valley: "There is no communal angle in it. 370 is for everyone. Nowhere is there or was there a communal angle. Not in Leh, not on Kargil, not in Poonch, not in Srinagar, nowhere in the state. Second the attempts made by foreign press, we have warned them as well. We have opened all the hospitals for them. If a single one has suffered any injury due to firing, you tell me. Only if violence was too much in an incident there pellet injury was suffered by 4 boys that too in legs. I urge Rahul Gandhi to come and visit the state. I will send him a plane to visit the state. When you come and see only then you speak. The day this bill was debated in the Parliament, you party members were speaking rubbish, you should be embarrassed. They don't know what is concentration camp."
The Narendra Modi government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Both the upper house and the lower house of the Parliament approved the resolution abrogating Article 370 for J&K and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state. Ministry of External Affairs also briefed the envoys of the P5 nations -- the US, the UK, China, France and Russia -- about Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories.