Former interlocutors of J-K question Centre’s move on Art 370 without holding consultations

NEW DELHI: Two former interlocutors of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday questioned the Centre’s move to revoke Article 370 without holding consultations with all stakeholders.

Radha Kumar, who was named an interlocutor by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and assigned to hold sustained dialogue with all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir, said, “In all my years, I have not seen such a blatant assault on the norms and principles of our democracy. Even emergency had some constitutional cover.”

“This announcement is a major constitutional announcement. How do you make such an announcement without it being in the public domain or legislative domain, without debate or discussion, without an elected Government in Jammu and Kashmir, without a legislature that was consulted,” Kumar told a news channel. (AGENCIES)