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J&K: Sonia Gandhi's Aide Delivers Big Snub; 'scrapping Article 370 Goes Above Party Lines,' Says Raebareli MLA Aditi Singh

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Congress' Raebareli MLA Aditi Singh on Monday hailed the government's decision
  • She has clarified that it is her personal stand
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Lok Sabha

A day after Congress Raebareli MLA backed the government on its decision to revoke Article 370, she has clarified that it is her personal opinion without backtracking from her stand. Congress MLA Aditi Singh said that this move will integrate the state of Jammu and Kashmir with India, and that it is above party lines. 

"I have cleared my personal opinion that i support this provision. This will integrate J&K in India. This provision is above party line. On the ground issues should be solved and people should not suffer any problem. Thus there should be no politics. This is my personal opinion. As an MLA I welcome this decision," she said.

Singh had taken to Facebook to express that she is in favour of the decision taken by Centre to scrap Article 370 that was passed by Rajya Sabha on Monday. This will end the special status of the state and it will be guided by the Constitution of India and not the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. The Raebareli MLA Singh had also hit back at a user after he commented, "You are Congressi," on her post. She retaliated against the user by saying that she is an Indian. "Main ek Hindustani hoon (I am an Indian)."

READ: Article 370 scrapped: Congress' Raebareli MLA backs Centre's decision, no words from Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra

Rajya Sabha passed Jammu & Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019

The government had revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.The Jammu & Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019, which strips Jammu and Kashmir's status of a state and converts it into a Union Territory with legislature and carving out Ladakh region as a UT without legislature, was passed in a division pressed by the opposition with 125 votes in favor and 61 against, and an NCP member abstained.

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What is Article 370?

It exempts Jammu and Kashmir from following the Indian Constitution except for Article 1 and itself. It also restricts Parliament's legislative powers in Jammu and Kashmir. It was passed in the Constituent Assembly on May 27, 1949 and is the first article of Part XXI of the Indian Constitution. The heading of this part is ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’.

 

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