CPI(M) Nails BJP’s Lies on Kashmir

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Indian security personnel on patrol next to shuttered stores in the Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on August 20, 2019. — AFP

The party termed October 31 this year as a shameful day for India’s democracy

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NEW DELHI — Attacking the Modi government for making the formal declaration on separation of Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir on the birth anniversary of Vallabhbhai Patel, the CPI(M) on Wednesday said this was home minister Amit Shah’s formula of “manufacturing history and subverting truth.” The party said this was a “shameful” day for Indian democracy, and reiterated its demand that the Centre restore Article 370 that had thus far given special status to the Jammu and Kashmir province.

In a statement, the CPI(M) said, “It is a matter of record, also referred to in the memoirs of Vallabhbhai Patel, that he was not only a party to, but also involved in the drafting of Section 370 of the Constitution. It was at his residence, on May 15 and 16, 1949, that the discussions on the special status for the state were held between him, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah. Subsequently, it was Patel along with Gopalaswamy Iyer who formulated the draft which finally became Article 370. It was again Patel, in the absence of Nehru on a visit of the US, who piloted the bill on Article 370 in the Constituent Assembly.”

The CPIM termed October 31 this year as a shameful day for India’s democracy – that, on this day, a state should be divided and deprived of its status as a full-fledged state without the matter being first referred to the people of the state or its state assembly for their opinion.

The party said the Modi government’s abrogation of Article 370 was a blatant violation of the Constitutional principles. “There is nothing to celebrate on this day for those who uphold constitutional values including the federal structure of the country,” it said.

On the situation in Kashmir, the CPI(M) pointed out that even two and a half months after the legislations was pushed through Parliament, the people of Jammu and  Kashmir were still being denied their democratic rights as citizens of this country. “No political activity is allowed except by the BJP and its organisations. The voice of Kashmir has been forcibly suppressed. The leaders of recognized political parties and many others are still in jail. The lockdown and shutdown continue.”

The CPI(M) appealed  to all citizens to express their solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh against the denial of Constitutional and democratic rights for them and reject the Modi government’s false propaganda. The party reiterated its strong opposition to the abrogation of Article 370 as well as the division of Jammu and Kashmir, and degradation of its status as a state.

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