Guwahati: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader and RTI activist, Akhil Gogoi on August 5th, 2019 described the Modi government’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) as “the darkest day in Indian democracy”.
“Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy. Article 370 was the protection shield for the J&K. The decision will lead to catastrophic consequences in the near future. It is totally unconstitutional and undemocratic,” said Gogoi.
The Centre on August 5th, 2019 abolished Article 370 that gives special status to J&K and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate Union Territories of J&K, and Ladakh. The Rajya Sabha was rocked by an uproar by the Opposition following Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s proposal to remove all provisions of Article 370.
“Such a decision will bring the 70s situation back in Kashmir. I condemn such decision as it is an attack on the Constitution, rights of the people of Kashmir,” he added.
It may be mentioned former Chief Minister of J&K and chief of People’s Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter to say that this day marks “the darkest day of democracy.” On the other hand, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the decision to scrap Article 370 is a “betrayal of trust” of the people of J&K.