NEW DELHI – As the move to scrap Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, drew opposition protests, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, a fierce critic of Narendra Modi government, has come out in support of the government.
“We support the government on its decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. We hope this will bring peace and development in the state,” Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, tweeted.
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
Mr Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have spent a better part of their political journey hitting out at the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a range of issues, especially related to the autonomy of Delhi. For years, he accused the ruling BJP at the centre of trying to control Delhi through the Lieutenant Governor and ignoring the elected local government.
Home Minister Amit Shah said in parliament that President Ram Nath Kovind had signed off on an order that would come in place “at once”.
“There should not be a delay of even a second to removing Article 370 from the Constitution,” the Home Minister said, shouting above opposition protests.