Congress MP from Anandpur Sahib Manish Tewari, in a surprising instance, mentioned the English novel '50 Shades of Grey' during the heated debate on Article 370 in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Speaking in the Lower House, Manish Tewari was explaining Congress's stand on the controversy over the scrapping of the article which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Countering the Congress leader, Home Minister Amit Shah asked him to clear his party's stand in the matter.
Responding to Amit Shah, Manish Tewari said, "Angreezi ki ek kitaab hai. Har cheez kaali ya safed nahi hoti. There are 50 shades of Grey in between." (There is a book in English. Not everything is Black or White. There are fifty shades of grey in between).
The Anandpur Sahib MP went on to assert that without the approval of J&K Constituent Assembly, the Centre is not eligible to scrap Article 370, as his party's stand.
"I would like to make myself clear that without the approval of J&K Constituent Assembly, you (Centre) cannot scrap Article 370," he added.
In the Lok Sabha, Manish Tewari also alleged that converting the state of Jammu and Kashmir into a Union Territory cannot be a bigger "blow to the federal structure of India".
"In the last 70 yrs, several times we saw demands that union territories are converted into states but this is probably the first time in history that a state has been converted into union territory. There cannot be a bigger blow to federal structure than this," Tewari said.
As soon as the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was moved in the Lok Sabha by Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress opposed it asking how is the Kashmir issue an internal issue of India. Speaking in the lower house of the Parliament, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Leader of the Opposition said that the bill is being monitored by the United Nations. He went on to claim that the Centre has broken laws and has proposed to change a state into Union territory in one night. Interrupting him at this moment and hitting back over his statement, the Home Minister said that Congress must specify which law has been broken by the government in the matter.
Along with the J&K (Reorganisation) Bill 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to repeal Article 370, that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, in the Rajya Sabha. President Ram Nath Kovind exercised his power under Clause 1 of Article 370 to scrap Article 370. With the order, Article 35A, which provided special privileges to “permanent residents" of the state has also been scrapped. Now, people from outside the state can buy property in the state. Earlier, the Article exempted the 'state' of Jammu and Kashmir from following the Indian Constitution except for Article 1 and itself. It also restricted Parliament's legislative powers in the 'state'.