BJP has murdered the Indian Constitution today, claims leader of opposition in Indian Upper House
NEW DELHI - BJP has murdered the Indian Constitution today, claims leader of opposition in Indian Upper House over the issue of Occupied Kashmir.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, a senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha — the upper house of India's parliament — in his speech on the floor said: "We [Congress] stand by the Constitution of India. We will do anything to protect the constitution." [image: Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks on the floor of India's upper house. — Photo courtesy India Today]
"But today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has murdered the constitution. It has murdered democracy," he stated.
In a conversation with reporters link, Azad said: "These people (the BJP) have come to power lately. They do not know, have not considered the strategic aspects [...] to play around with border state, its people, it is being a traitor to the country."
"[We] never imagined that the NDA government can go this far [and] wipe out the existence of Jammu and Kashmir state."
Vaiko, the chief of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party and a member of Rajya Sabha, said the government had "played with the sentiments of the people of Kashmir" and termed the order as the "murder of democracy".
"You have played with the sentiments of people of Kashmir. When additional army personnel were deployed there, I was worried. Kashmir should not become Kosovo, East Timor and South Sudan. I am opposing this bill [Article 370]. This is a day of shame, shame, shame [...] this is murder of democracy," he was reported link as saying.
Rajya Sabha member KC Tyagi, leader of Janata Dal (United) — which is an ally of the National Democratic Alliance — said that his party did not support the repealing of Article 370.