Terming the recently passed Jammu And Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill 2019 as unconstitutional, Congress general secretary UP (East), Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday, has said that the Congress party has no differing views on the matter and will continue to fight for democracy, while interacting with reporters in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra district. She is currently visiting victims of the Sonabhadra massacre where 10 people were killed and 25 injured in a firing incident.
"Congress has no different views (on abrogation of article 370). Congress views are clear as declared after the CWC meeting. What has happened is unconstitutional and Congress has always fought for the rights in a democracy. We have stated clearly that we will be continuing our fight for democracy," she said.
When questioned about differing views expressed by Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia - backing the Modi government's move to abrogate article 370, she said that Congress did not stifle dissent like BJP, but Scindia too had agreed that the manner in which the abrogation had been done was unconstitutional.
"Scindiaji is also a part of the CWC and has signed this statement saying that the way this has occurred (abrogation of article 370) is unconstitutional. Our party is not such that only one voice raises during a debate, suppressing other voices - like in BJP. We hear everyone's views, debate on it and then decide on one view," she added.
Earlier on August 6, after the passage of the J&K Reorganisation Bill (2019), Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia had extended his support tweeting that while he supported the move, it would have been better if 'constitutional process' had been followed. He added that nevertheless, he still supported the move for the national interest.
In contrast, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi had said that 'national integration isn't furthered by unilaterally tearing apart' the state, accusing the BJP of abuse of power. Seconding Gandhi's move - senior Congress leaders like P Chidambaram, Digvijaya Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Manmohan Singh and the new interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi too have slammed the Bill and called the move unconstitutional.
P Chidambaram also communalised the Kashmir integration issue saying the saffron party would not have "snatched away" the special status had Jammu and Kashmir been a Hindu-dominated state, while his colleague Digvijaya Singh fearmongered over the ground situation in Kashmir.