Scrapping of Art 370, bifurcation of State murder of democracy: PDP, CPI(M)

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 6: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and CPI (M) came down heavily upon the Union Government for its overnight constitutional coup snatching Jammu and Kashmir of its constitutional rights by scrapping Article 370 and bifurcating the State into two union territories.
“The entire Jammu and Kashmir has been turned into an open prison and people have been caged for allowing the Government of India (GoI) to steel whatever was left of constitutional guarantees made to them at the time of accession”, PDP spokesperson and former legislator Firdous Tak said in a statement. He said that the entire methodology adopted by GoI was a clear act of aggression on the people of this trouble torn state.
Tak said that entire move was completely arbitrary and autocratic as the BJP did not even bothered to take its own allies and party ministers into confidence. “Imprisonment and detention of all the mainstream political leaders including former chief ministers and ministers was like slapping on the face of democracy,” the PDP leader said and urged the people of the country and international community to come to the rescue of masses, who today face act of aggression and suppression by the right wing organizations, unfortunately ruling this nation.
Jammu Regional Committee of CPI(M) also expressed dismay over the disastrous decision of scrapping of Article 370 of constitution of India which provided special status to J&K state. “Manipulating provisions of Article 370 is draconian and undemocratic which can have serious ramifications,” SP Kesar, Regional secretary of CPI(M) said in a statement.
Kesar said, “Ignoring the historical role of the then Kashmiri leadership led by Sheikh Abdullah in rejecting two nation theory should have been taken into consideration before opting for this disastrous decision”. He said that CPI(M) is astonished over the fact as how the historical state has been bifurcated into Union Territories which is in itself unprecedented.