Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and MDMK chief Vaiko have responded to the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
On Monday, 12th August, Vaiko said that while the country would be celebrating its 100th Independence Day, Kashmir would no longer be a part of India.
While former Prime Minister and Congress leader Manmohan Singh said that today the country has gone into a deep crisis. The government should listen to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Manmohan said that the decision of the government is not liked by many people of the country. It is important that all they listen to these people.
They think for the country, hence raising their voice. Manmohan was speaking on the Jammu and Kashmir matter for the first time. He said this after paying tribute to his fellow cabinet minister S Jaipal Reddy. Reddy died recently in Hyderabad.
ARTICLE 370 Removed From JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Significantly, on August 5th, the central government weakened Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and make it a Union Territory. Since then Section 144 applies in the entire valley and they banned many people from going out together. For a long time, the markets of the valley were closed, mobile phones, internet, TV-cable facilities were also not available.
However, in view of Eid, section 144 was relaxed, they opened markets and the banks. For the last two days, there was a stir on the hilltop. Brightness was seen in the market too. Still, they have given no exemption in the valley nor they have started phone service. On the day of Eid, many pictures from the valley also appeared where security forces fed sweets to people in mosques.
NO MAJOR INCIDENT HAPPENED IN LAST ONE WEEK
On August 7, the Central Government abolished Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. A day earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had said that there were some minor protests in Srinagar and Baramulla, but they involved only 20 people in any of the demonstrations. The Jammu and Kashmir police had also tweeted that the state claimed to be peaceful.