Dissent within Cong


Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth. A number of Congress leaders across the country have gone against the party’s stand in Parliament on abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir by supporting the Centre’s move and a bill to bifurcate the State. The Congress has strongly opposed the move and the bill to bifurcate the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. Going against the party’s stand, senior Congress leaders Janardan Dwivedi, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Deepender Hooda have voiced support to the move. In an embarrassment to the Congress, another leader Anil Shastri said the grand old party should sense the mood of the people before taking a stand, noting that they were with the Government on this. Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora said it was “very unfortunate” that Article 370 was being converted into a “liberal vs conservative debate”. “Parties should put aside ideological fixations & debate what’s best for India’s sovereignty and federalism, peace in J&K, jobs for Kashmiri youth and justice for Kashmiri Pandits,” he said in a tweet.
Dwivedi said it was a matter of national satisfaction that a “mistake” made at the time of Independence was corrected. He added that after Independence, many freedom fighters did not want Article 370 to remain in place and cited the example of Ram Manohar Lohia, under whom he had his political training and who was against Article 370. “This is a matter of satisfaction for the nation. This historical mistake that happened at the time of Independence has been rectified today, even though late, and is welcomed,” Dwivedi said, while clarifying that his opinion was personal and he was not putting forward his party’s view. Congress chief whip in the Rajya Sabha Bhubaneshwar Kalita quit his membership in the Upper House of Parliament over the issue after the party asked him to issue a whip to all members for opposing the bill.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah sending a strong message to the world made it clear that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) including Gilgit-Baltistan as well as Aksai Chin are parts of Jammu and Kashmir and they will even give up their lives for it as he declared that there will be no talks with Hurriyat Conference but with the people of Kashmir to set their any kind of doubts, if they have at all, at the rest. Asserting that three families were responsible for many ills in Jammu and Kashmir including corruption, Shah said the problem for them now wasn’t Article 370 but the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which has opened some files because of which they were sweating in cold. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described passage of bills on Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament as a “momentous occasion” in Parliamentary democracy and said a new dawn awaits the people there as they are now free from the shackles of vested interest groups.

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