Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, while criticizing the central government's decision on Article 370, described it as a misuse of power.
Rahul Gandhi, while tweeting a day after the decision, wrote, "The expansion of national unity will not be by sharing a one-sided thread to Jammu and Kashmir. Closing the elected representatives in jail is a violation of our constitution. This nation has been formed from the people of here and not from the fragments of the earth. It is misuse of executive powers and it is worrisome for our national security. "
Before Rahul Gandhi's response, news of the difference of opinion among the Congress leaders had started to come on the issue of Article 370.
Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram strongly opposed the Congress in the Rajya Sabha, but due to no comment from Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, it was not known what was the official line of Congress.
But many Congress leaders openly come face to face with BJP on Article 370.
Congress party chief whip Bhuvaneshwar Kalita resigned from the Rajya Sabha and the party on Monday. Kalita was the senior Congress leader of Assam.
After resigning from the party, he said, "Congress had asked me to issue whip on Kashmir issue. But the truth is that the country's mood is completely different from the party's stand. I am feeling that the Congress has come out to commit suicide and I do not want to be a part of it. I was not going to follow any whip, so resigns. The Congress leadership has bent itself to end itself. I believe nobody will be saved by the end of the Congress. "
Senior Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi also supported BJP's Article 370. Dwivedi told the news agency ANI that Article 370 was a mistake of history, which has been corrected.
Dwivedi said that this is his personal opinion and in this case he supports BJP. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram are calling it the killing of the Constitution and they say that the verdict is inspired by BJP's ideology and not the step taken in national interest.
In July last year when the Congress Working Committee was reconstituted, Dwivedi was ousted. Janardan Dwivedi said, "It is a very old issue. After independence there were many freedom fighters who did not want Article 370. I am not talking about the party's stand. But my political guru Ram Manohar Lohia ji always spoke against Article 370 and we also used to raise it in the student movement. My personal opinion is that this is a matter of national satisfaction. "
Dwivedi said that the mistake of history has been corrected today. He said that although it took quite a while to do it. This is not the first time when Dwivedi has given a different opinion from the party. In 2015, Dwivedi also praised Narendra Modi for becoming PM.
Congress MLA from Rae Bareli, Aditi Singh also tweeted in support of Article 370. He wrote in his tweet, "We are all together on Article 370. Jai Hind.''
On this tweet, people asked Aditi Singh that you are a Congressman. On this, Aditi said that he is Hindustani. Most people on Twitter have praised Aditi Singh.
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's son and Congress leader Deepinder Singh Hooda has also endorsed the end of Article 370.
Hooda tweeted, "I have already had the idea that Article 370 is not justified in the 21st century and should be removed. It is also in the interest of the integrity of the country and the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are an integral part of our country.
But the responsibility of the present government is to do it in the atmosphere of peace and faith prevailing. "
In the Rajya Sabha on 5th August of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the announcement was made to neutralize Article 370, there was a ruckus in the House.
Congress, RJD, CPM, CPI, Muslim League, Kerala Congress and MDMK opposed the government's decision while the TeamAC, JDU and NCP had been rounded out.
Apart from BJP, AIADMK, LJP, RPI, Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, YSR Congress, BJD, TDP, Aam Aadmi Party and BSP supported the change.
125 MPs voted against the proposal to overturn Article 370 and support of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, and 61 MPs voted against those mainly of Congress and Left parties.
TMC and JDU boycotted the vote while Arvind Kejriwal and Mayawati stood with the government in this matter.
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