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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Slams BJP On Arrest Of Kashmiri Political Leaders

On late Sunday night, top political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, were put under house arrest in the run-up to the Centre's move to table its resolution in the Rajya Sabha for scrapping the Article 370.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Slams BJP On Arrest Of Kashmiri Political Leaders
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh | File Photo
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Slams BJP On Arrest Of Kashmiri Political Leaders
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2019-08-06T16:32:29+05:30

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday slammed the BJP for the arrest of political leaders in Kashmir after the abrogation of the Article 370 which gave Jammu and Kashmir a special status.

Singh flayed the arrests saying the same party had opposed the detention of political leaders during the 1975 Emergency.

Also Read: HIGHLIGHTS: Article 370 Scrapped, J&K Bifurcation Bill Passed In RS; Omar, Mehbooba Mufti Detained

"I protest the arrest of Kashmiri political leaders at the behest of BJP which had vehemently opposed the arrest of opposition leaders during the Emergency," he told reporters here.

On late Sunday night, top political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, were put under house arrest in the run-up to the Centre's move to table its resolution in the Rajya Sabha for scrapping the Article 370.

They were later taken into custody after the House passed the resolution.

Terming Kashmiri leaders arrests "totally wrong", the chief minister said the act smacked of double standards on the part of the BJP-led government at the Centre. 

Also Read: Live Updates: Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah Refutes Home Minister's Claim, Says 'I Was Detained'

Singh ruled out any impact of the revocation of Article 370 on either the Kartarpur Corridor or terrorism in Kashmir.

"Neither of these was connected with the Constitutional changes invoked by the Central government", he said.

“How can it be linked with terrorism?” questioned Singh when asked to comment on the BJP's claim that the move would end terror in the Valley.

OPINION: Scrapping Article 370 Is Nothing But Road To Self-Destruction For India

It was security forces, including the Army and the police, who were fighting terrorism, said the chief minister, expressing the confidence that they would continue to do their job to check the spread of terrorism in Kashmir.

Though the validity of Article 370 could be debated, the process adopted by the Central government to abrogate it was unconstitutional, the chief minister said, reiterating that no norms were followed in the matter. 

"By failing to evolve a consensus before taking such an important decision, the BJP-led government has weakened the federal structure", he said, alleging a systemic attempt by the Centre to weaken states.

Amarinder deplored the Akali Dal's stance of welcoming the Centre's move, saying they had done a somersault as the move was against the federal structure.

(PTI)

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