Slamming the Centre for “dividing” Jammu and Kashmir without taking its citizens into confidence, the CPI(M) on Wednesday (October 30) said the decision to formally declare the separation of Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir was “shameful”.
“The CPI(M) reiterates its strong opposition to the abrogation of Article 370 as well as the division and reduced status of the State of Jammu & Kashmir,” the CPI (M)’s polit bureau said in a press statement.
“It is a shameful day for India’s democracy that a state should be divided and deprived of its status as a full-fledged state without any reference to the opinion of the people of the state or its state Assembly,” it added. The Centre had, on August 5, announced abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. With effect from October 31, Jammu and Kashmir will be bifurcated into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, as a bill in this regard was passed by Parliament and given presidential assent.
“This is in blatant violation of Article 3 of the Constitution of India and there is nothing to celebrate on this day for those who uphold constitutional values including the federal structure of the country,” the statement added. It is a matter of record including from the memoirs of Vallabhbhai Patel that he was not only a party to, but also involved in the drafting of Section 370, the CPI(M) said.
“No political activity is allowed except by the BJP and its organisations. The voice of Kashmir has been forcibly suppressed. The main leaders of recognized political parties and many others are still in jail. The lockdown and shutdown continue,” the statement said.
(With inputs from agencies)