Attacking the government in Rajya Sabha, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P
Chidambaram has reportedly said by repealing Article 370 of the Constitution, the government has committed a “cardinal blunder”, a “fatal legal error”.
The former union minister said he strongly feared that by dismembering Jammu & Kashmir, BJP was pushing thousands of youth towards violence. Article 370 of the constitution gives special status to
Jammu and Kashmir.
Terming scrapping of the Article 370 as a “black day in the history of India, Chidambaram said: “Momentarily you may think you have scored a victory…drum beats on streets may force you to think that you have corrected a so called injustice but history will prove you…. Future generations will realise what a grave mistake this House is making today.”
Chidambaram said: “This will be a catastrophic blunder” and added that Congress will stoutly oppose it. Attacking the BJP, Chidambaram said the Rajya Sabha instead of protecting the rights of states was passing bills which were on concurrent list and accused BJP of reducing states as their colonies and municipal administrations.
“What you are doing today sends a very wrong signal to every state of country. We will sit here, listen to you and vote against what you are doing,” he said and questioned “how Article 370 can be modified using Article 370?…I know it was your manifesto promise…but in repealing A 370 you are unleashing forces which you cannot control”.
Chidambaram said in J&K majority of the youth are with India and want protection from India while it was also true that a number of young men have taken to violence, who want to get freedom from India but no one supports them. He added that there are others who have pelted stones for reasons they think was good to them.