Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia extended his support the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisational Bill, 2019.
In a tweet, the Congress leader said that it would have been better if 'constitutional process' had been followed.
I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into union of India.— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) August 6, 2019
Would have been better if constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this.
However, in contrast, Rahul Gandhi finally breaking his silence on the matter on Tuesday said that 'national integration isn't furthered by unilaterally tearing apart' the state, and added that this 'abuse of power' will have serious implications on 'national security.' Furthermore, in another tweet, he called the imprisonment of mainstream political leaders as 'unconstitutional and undemocratic.'
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 Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019
This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security.
Kashmir’s mainstream political leaders have been jailed at secret locations.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019
This is unconstitutional & undemocratic.
It’s also short sighted and foolish because it will allow terrorists to fill the leadership vaccum created by GOI.
The imprisoned leaders must be released.
On Monday, Congress' former Mumbai president Milind Deora said that the discussion over the legislative piece was being converted into a debate between liberals and conservatives and that was unfortunate. He urged parties to put aside ideological fixation and debate over justice for Kashmiri Pandits and jobs for Kashmiris.
He said, "Unfortunate that Article 370 is being converted into liberal vs conservative debate. Parties should put aside ideological fixations and debate what’s best for India’s sovereignty, peace in J&K, jobs for Kashmiri youth and justice for Kashmiri Pandits."
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’.