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Jyotiraditya Scindia backs Modi govt’s Kashmir move as list of Congress dissenters grows

Jyotiraditya Scindia joins party leaders Janardan Dwivedi, Abhishek Singhvi, Deepender Hooda & Milind Deora to support scrapping of J&K special status.

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New Delhi: The Congress’ list of leaders dissenting against the party’s stance on Jammu and Kashmir continues to grow with one of its most prominent faces, Jyotiraditya Scindia, joining the chorus voicing support to the BJP’s move to scrap the state’s special status. 

“I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into union of India,” Scindia tweeted Tuesday evening. “Would have been better if constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this.”

 

Scindia joins other prominent party leaders Janardan Dwivedi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Deepender Hooda and Milind Deora, all of whom have backed the Modi government’s decision to scrap Article 370.   

Congress divided

The divide, however, is leading to fissures in the Congress as the party fumbles to get its strategy right on the issue. 

The party’s Rajya Sabha leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday said he wanted nothing to do with leaders who, he added, weren’t aware of the Congress’ history nor that of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Jin logon ko J&K ki history ya Congress ki history pata nahi, unse mujhe koi lena dena nahi hai. Wo pehle J&K aur Congress ki history padh lein, phir Congress mein rahein (I don’t want anything to do with those who have no clue of the Congress or J&K’s histories. Let them first learn of the histories of both before they can remain in the Congress),” Azad told the media outside the Parliament Tuesday.

No action against the differing voices has been formulated yet but senior leaders told ThePrint that the issue is likely to come up at Congress Working Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening. The CWC, the party’s apex decision-making body, is convening to discuss the Jammu and Kashmir issue. 

The Lok Sabha passed the resolution to revoke the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday. 


Also read: Congress betrayal of Kashmir like Lady Macbeth’s: Vaiko on scrapping of Article 370


The Congress dissenters 

Senior Congress leader Dwivedi kicked up a storm Monday when he said that by moving to revoke Article 370, the BJP government had “corrected a historical mistake”. 

It set off a flood of Congress leaders supporting the decision. 

Rajya MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ThePrint that the move could be viewed as a “political masterstroke” but he, however, has questioned its legality. 

The party’s former Mumbai unit president, Milind Deora, tweeted his backing.  

“Very unfortunate that Article 370 is being converted into a liberal vs conservative debate,” Deora tweeted Monday. “Parties should put aside ideological fixations & debate what’s best for India’s sovereignty & federalism, peace in J&K, jobs for Kashmiri youth & justice for Kashmiri Pandits.”  

Congress leader from Haryana and former MP Deepender Hooda too got onto the bandwagon. “I’ve always maintained that #Article370 should be scrapped. It has no place in the 21st century,” he tweeted.  

“It makes no sense to oppose the decision,” a senior Congress leader told ThePrint on the condition of anonymity. “If you heard Amit Shah’s speech, you’d realise that even the Child Marriage Act isn’t implemented in J&K.” 

The Congress’ Sports and Youth Affairs Minister in Rajasthan, Ashok Chandna, has also tweeted his support. “This is my personal view, I support the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir,” he tweeted Tuesday morning. “But the implementation of the decision must be done through peaceful means and not with high-handedness.”

 

The dissent has also spread to Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Rae Bareli. According to ANI, Aditi Singh, the Rae Bareli Sadar MLA, termed the BJP’s move as a “historic decision”.

“I’m in absolute support of the decision. It will help in integrating J&K into the mainstream,” Singh reportedly said. “It’s a historic decision. It should not be politicised. As an MLA, in my capacity, I welcome this decision.”


Also read: Congress embarrasses itself yet again, split wide open on Modi govt’s move on Article 370


 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. THE issue of Kashmir is taken not in the full perspective I think. It must start from the agreements before and after the dawn of the Indan independence which never was un dependence…..Before the Kashmir, there was Hyderabad. Nizam and after that Goa……Kashmir policy of GOI was a totally confused one from or rather aptly before the beginning. In Hyderabad, it was the will of the people……In the Kashmir, it was the stand of the King……..I am not charging any accountable. accomplice any venomous ill-will……Even Gandhiji.at certain points of time then was not sure of himself, I have felt looking back……Of course, no ill-reverence intended……In military actions, there is no logic in jumping past a well halfway…That was in effect what happened. when Nehruji did not show the proper guts to clear the area expelling all the insurgents. [ Now it is time to confess that I am not a strategy expert but a lay citizen trying to watch and understand local national and international developments, then and even now!…..] If we agree that much, then we can come to the present situation by extrapolating…….[more if wa [ nted/ rrented]

  2. Hopefully with this ideological split – the people of India will benefit from a more honest Opposition that is not shackled by the baggage of Gandhi worship and Party ideological sophistry.

    The corrosive effect of the Gandhi family poison may yet take some years to fully abate from the minds of these people who have already begun to think for themselves again.

  3. His grandmother was in the BJP, he too seems to be preparing to join that party. I don’t think it will be a loss for the Congress. In fact they should encourage him to leave. This kind of guys who have zero connect with the man on ground cannot really help the Congress at this stage which is in desperate need of leaders with whom the common man can identify.

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