Left parties protest Article 370 scrapping, accuse Modi government of violating Constitution
This was the second major demonstration of the Left parties on Kashmir. Many well-known people took part in this demonstration, including Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and D. Raja.
India's Left parties have protested the decision of the Central Government to abolish the special status for Kashmir by amending Article 370. Top leaders, including CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, CPM politburo member Brinda Karat, CPI MP Binay Vishwam and Annie Raja marched from Mandi House to Parliament Street in the capital in protest.
Sitaram Yechury said, “We are demonstrating against the decision of the Central Government on Jammu and Kashmir. Whatever happened there, the BJP's plan is to extend it to all of India. They want to break what defines India including constitutional decorum, civil rights, fundamental rights. "
Yechury further said, "The same government had promised three years ago that before taking any decision on Jammu and Kashmir, they will consult all the parties. But now those same people [who were to be consulted] have been jailed and completely cut off from the rest of the country. This has damaged the federal structure and the unity and integrity of India."
A large number of social workers and academics, doctors, students and lawyers also took part. Many prominent people, including Jean Drez, Syeda Hameed and Professor Apurvanand, were involved in this demonstration.
This was the second major demonstration by the Left parties in this matter. Earlier on Monday also, the Left parties held a march against the decision. The Left parties, including CPM, CPI, CPI (ML), Forward Bloc and RSP, were stopped by the police on Parliament Street on Monday. The Left parties have said that this decision of the Modi government is unconstitutional and unethical.
Parliament has abolished the privileges enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and has divided Jammu and Kashmir into two parts. Now Jammu and Kashmir will be a separate union territory with assembly and Ladakh will be an union territory without an assembly.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]
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