Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday extended his support to the central government’s move to scrap Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir.
Aam Aadmi Party leader tweeted, “We support the govt on its decisions on J & K. We hope this will bring peace and development in the state.”
We support the govt on its decisions on J & K. We hope this will bring peace and development in the state.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 5, 2019
Kejriwal’s party has three MPs in the Rajya Sabha and their vote in favour of the BJP will be key in giving approval to the central government’s move on Jammu and Kashmir.
Interestingly, the BJP’s own ally, JD-U, has opposed the scrapping of Article 370. The BSP has decided to support the BJP on the issue. “Our chief Nitish Kumar is carrying forward the tradition of JP Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and George Fernandes. So our party is not supporting the Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha today. We have different thinking. We want that Article 370 should not be revoked,” KC Tyagi of the JDU was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
This was after Home Minister Amit Shah told the parliament that his government had scrapped Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, through a Presidential order. Speaking in the parliament, Shah said it was wrong to say that Article 370 brought Jammu And Kashmir with India. He said, “Opposition leaders are saying that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir to India. But the fact is that the Maharaja Hari Singh signed on October 27, 1947 (the Instrument of Accession) while Article 370 came into existence in 1949.”
Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro has been put on high alert and the Centre has airlifted at least 8,000 paramilitary troops to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country today.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called the development and ‘total betrayal of the trust that the people of Jammu & Kashmir.’ “This is an aggression against people of the State as had been warned by an all-parties meeting in Srinagar yesterday,” he said in a statement.