Opposing the Bill to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that the government was picking tactics from the 'Nazi manual'
He further questioned the curfew imposed in the valley and the communication blackout.
He said, "This is the third historic mistake which we are making. You have taken a dishonorable step. Are you trying to imitate China? They have picked up this tactic from the Nazi manual. The people of Jammu and Kashmir for 90 years have been fighting for democratic rights. This government has refused to understand where myth ends and where history begins."
"I want to know when Asaduddin Owaisi can buy agriculture property in Himachal Pradesh, I want to know when Asaduddin Owaisi can go to Arunachal Pradesh and Lakshwadeep without a permit. Why don't you realise Kashmiris, let them celebrate? They cannot even use a cellphone, what are you talking about? You have created Srinagar as some sort of a West Bank. The government should remove the curfew and ensure that communication has started. What will happen on Eid? Eid is on Monday. Are you assuming Kashmiris would sacrifice themselves instead of a lamb?. I conclude by reading what a scholar wrote, 'BJP thinks it is going to Indianize Kasmir but what you will do is Kashmirization of India,' there will be issues between Dogras and Punjabis in Jammu, there will be issues with Dalits as well. There will be migration from Muslims of Kargil. I oppose this Bill because this government is doing a disservice," he added.
Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is a 'temporary provision' which grants autonomous, special status to the state. Under part XXI of the Constitution that looks at 'Temporary, Transitional and Special provisions,' the state was accorded with the special status under Article 370. All the provisions of the Constitution applicable to other states are not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.
In 1947, the provision was drafted by Sheikh Abdullah, who was appointed as the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir by Maharaja Hari Singh and former India PM Jawahar Lala Nehru.
As per the provisions of the article, the Parliament needs the state government's concurrence for applying laws except for defence, foreign affairs, communications and finance. Hence, the residents of the state live under a separate set of laws, including citizenship, ownership of property, and fundamental rights, in comparison to the rest of India.
Under Article 370 provisions, Indians from other states are forbidden from purchasing property in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, despite contradictions, the Supreme Court, as well as the High Courts, have maintained that Article 370 is a permanent provision of the Constitution. In a judgement delivered in 2018, the Apex Court had stated that although the article is tagged as 'temporary', it is permanent in nature.
Article 370 acted as an obstacle for Jammu and Kashmir's complete integration in India. Removal of Article 370 would take back the special status from the state, allow citizens from across the country to settle and buy land in Jammu and Kashmir and subsume people of the state into the mainstream.
There would be no permission required to set up industry and infrastructure if Article 370 is scrapped. Furthermore, in this case, the RPC will be replaced by the IPC and every amendment of the Constitution will be applicable to the rest of India will automatically apply to Kashmir as well. Along with that jobs and educational institutes would be open to everybody.
The removal of the Article will also allow West Pakistan refugees, Dogras, Bakarwala, and Kashmiri Pandits would have an equal stake in the state without any permissions.