- Article 370 was removed on 5 August 2019
- Big decision regarding Jammu and Kashmir after independence
- Kashmir’s political parties demonstrated
Article 370: The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress on Friday hit out at the central government, accusing it of “snatching” the special status of the people of Jammu and Kashmir on this day three years ago. Both the parties reiterated their demand for the Center to withdraw the decision. At the same time, the National Conference (NC) held a meeting on the occasion and expressed hope of overturning the decisions taken by the central government on August 5, three years ago by the Supreme Court. On August 5, 2019, the central government had bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories (Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh), nullifying Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Srinagar Police tweeted
Normal life remained normal across Kashmir on Friday and markets, schools and other establishments remained open. Sharing a 13-second video on Twitter showing normalcy at Lal Chowk, the Srinagar Police wrote, “All shops are open and normalcy in Srinagar district, ignoring the bandh call. These scenes are from Lal Chowk area.”
PDP workers demonstrated against the decision
Former Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti along with her supporters gathered at the party office near Sher-e-Kashmir Municipal Park in Srinagar on Friday to protest against these decisions of the Centre. They tried to march till Lal Chowk, but were stopped by the police. PDP workers were allowed to sit outside the party office for some time holding placards and banners demanding restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. During this, he raised slogans of ‘Take back the black law of black days’, demanding to withdraw the decision to make Article 370 inactive. Later they dispersed peacefully.
BJP trying to replace tricolor with saffron flag – Mehbooba Mufti
Talking to reporters, Mehbooba said that her party is not only committed to fight for restoration of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, but will also work for a permanent solution to the issue of Kashmir. He alleged, “In times to come, they (Centre) will destroy the Constitution and the foundation on which this country stands. They will make it a religious nation and replace the tricolor with the saffron flag. They will change the national flag, as they did with our constitution and flag. But we are determined to fight for the restoration of what has been taken away from us. ,
Targeting the government by tweeting
The PDP chief later tweeted, “The malicious designs of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) for J&K exposed. The strategy of repression and fear is now knocking on the doors of the rest of the country as well. It has become the norm to give powers to your pet agencies and use terror laws to suppress dissent.” He claimed that the erstwhile state has “slipped down” in developmental indices. Taking a dig at the BJP’s slogan, the PDP chief said, “Unemployment and inflation are at its peak. The mask of normalcy is as real as the slogan ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.” Pointing to the political parties in the rest of the country, he said, “Your silence and complicity encouraged the Indian government to wreak havoc. Today they are crushing every pillar supporting Indian democracy by breaking it. The BJP’s so-called integration of Jammu and Kashmir, which never happened, has cost us dearly.”
We do not accept the decision of August 5, 2019 – Congress
Meanwhile, a group of Congress workers led by former ministers Tariq Karra and Taj Mohiuddin also demonstrated against the decision to abrogate Article 370 and demanded restoration of the erstwhile state’s special status. Congress workers who had gathered inside the party office on Maulana Azad Road in Srinagar were not allowed to come out on the streets by the policemen posted at the gate. At the same time, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah presided over the party meeting in Nawai-Subh. The party spokesperson tweeted, quoting Abdullah, “August 5, 2019 is a sign of breach of trust, decisions are not acceptable to us. We hope that the Supreme Court will reverse the unilateral, undemocratic and unconstitutional decisions. We will continue to raise our voices for our rights in a peaceful manner.”
The struggle against the verdict will continue peacefully: Omar Abdullah
Party Vice President Omar Abdullah also pledged to resort to all legal, constitutional and peaceful measures for the restoration of Article 370. He tweeted, “We will continue our struggle peacefully using all legal and constitutional measures to challenge what was done to J&K on 5th August 2019. The road ahead may be long, it may be full of ups and downs, but the J&K National Conference will not leave it.” Putting up the poster, the official Twitter handle of Abdullah’s party said, “We reject the attempts to snatch away the franchise of the people of J&K and make them incapacitated. The party urged the top court to constitute a bench to start hearing in the matter.
We will take back what was taken from us – M Y Tarigami
At the same time, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader MY Tarigami tweeted, “On this day in 2019, the Central Government abolished the Constitution and imprisoned thousands of people overnight and snatched from Jammu and Kashmir what it had done for one. It was achieved with great difficulty after a hard fight. We reiterate our determination to work unitedly to restore what was snatched from us.” BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Tarun Chugh, however, claimed that the erstwhile state has become terrorism free after the special status was abolished.
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