J&K Special Status Scrapped In Unconstitutional Manner, Says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
File photo of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is seen at an election campaign in Amethi. (Photographer: Atul Yadav/PTI)

J&K Special Status Scrapped In Unconstitutional Manner, Says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra


In her first reaction to the scrapping of the special status for Jammu & Kashmir, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said it was done in an unconstitutional manner.

The manner in which it has been done is totally unconstitutional and against the principles of democracy," she told reporters in Umbha, the village where 10 tribals were killed in July in a land dispute.

"There are rules that have to be followed when such things are done, which have not been followed," she said. The Congress general secretary said her party always stood for safeguarding the Constitution.

"Unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party where only one voice is heard, in the Congress every voice is given importance and properly discussed to reach a conclusion," she said.

Last week, Parliament adopted a resolution approving a government move to scrap provisions of Article 370 which gave J&K a special status under the Constitution and also passed a Bill splitting J&K into two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Congress general secretary Priyanka Vadra visited Umbha village, nearly a month after the Uttar Pradesh administration prevented her from going to the site of the massacre by detaining her in Mirzapur.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma described her visit as a "political stunt".

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