Abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security, says Rahul Gandhi on abrogation of Article 370

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday finally spoke about the abrogation of Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir and the government’s decision to imprison two former chief ministers.

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Taking to Twitter, Gandhi wrote, “National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land. This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security.”



The government had announced the abrogation of Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir on Monday through a Presidential decree ending the special status given to the people of the valley. Home Minister Amit Shah also introduced a Bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. While Jammu and Kashmir will now be treated as a union territory with the provision of an assembly, Ladakh will be just a union territory.

Before announcing the decision, the government had deployed thousands of military personnel in Kashmir before placing prominent Kashmiri leaders including two former chief ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest.

On Tuesday, the disappearance of Farooq Abdullah, also a Lok Sabha MP, dominated the conversations inside the parliament as several opposition MPs demanded information from the government on his whereabouts. According to ANI, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too asked, “I have no information about Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. I appeal to the government that they should not feel isolated. They are not terrorists. They should be released in the interest of the democratic institutions.”

The government has, so far, avoided to comment on the whereabouts of the prominent Kashmiri leaders.

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