Indian Punjab Chief Minister lashes out at PM Modi over scrapping constitutional status of Occupied Kashmir
CHANDIGARH – Indian Punjab Chief Minister lashes out at PM Modi over scrapping constitutional status of Occupied Kashmir.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday termed Indian government’s step of abolishing Article 370 that gave special status to occupied Kashmir as “totally unconstitutional”.
In a statement, Singh said that the democratic fabric of the nation has been "ripped apart" with this "unprecedented violation of the Constitutional norms".
He further stated, "It is a dark day for the Indian democracy."
"This will set a bad precedent as it would mean that the Centre could re-organise any state in the country by simply imposing President s rule," the CM went on to say.
The reaction came over scrapping articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution. The Indian president has signed a four-point amendment decree in this regard.
The announcement was made by Indian Home Minister Amit Shah during his address in Rajya Sabha, upper house of Indian parliament.
Shah said, “Kashmir will no longer be a state. It will be divided into two union territories – Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature."