Article 370: NDA has cut off India's head, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

Abha Gupta. Dated: 8/5/2019 4:18:27 PM

Azad accused the BJP of blocking Opposition protests in the House.

Leader of the the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday accused the Union government of doing vote-bank politics by abrogating Article 370 that guaranteed special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

August 5 would be written in Indian history as a black-letter day, he said at a press conference in the Parliament complex. Mr. Azad accused the BJP of blocking Opposition protests in the House.

“The NDA has cut off India's head and the BJP is responsible for weakening India...People of Jammu and Kashmir and the people of India -- from Srinagar to Kanyakumari, from Sikkim to Gujarat -- will fight against this. All the secular parties will fight this and will stand with the people of the State,” he said.

Article 370 was the thread that not only bound the three regions -- Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh - but also with the rest of India. “I make this allegation that that they are doing this to get votes... If there was one provision that acted like a thread and bound every region then it was Article 370. There were provisions for all three regions and religions,” he said.

“Whenever there was a terror attack, the people of Jammu and Kashmir fought back, mainstream political parties and their leaders fought and so did our defence forces. In one stroke, the BJP, drunk with power and to get vote has undone everything,” he added


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