Defying party line, Jyotiraditya Scindia welcomes 370 scrapping

Yet another Congress party leader has come out in support of the Centre’s move to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. “I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into union of India,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted on Tuesday backing the Centre’s move. Scindia said the move is in country’s interest and hence he supported it.

The tweet, however gave a minor concession to the party line, that the manner in which it was railroaded through both houses was “undemocratic”.

His tweet ignited speculation of a split in the party or the possibility that he was headed to the rival BJP, which had many members of the Scindia family including his grandmother Vijayraje Scindia and aunt Vasundhara Raje.

Lok Sabha MPs this morning met with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi before the Kashmir move was taken up in the Lok Sabha.

Sonia Gandhi, presented with the options to support or oppose the move, reportedly said “We will oppose it and our opposition is based on the manner in which the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the state assembly, have not been consulted.”

The Congress was in disarray after Amit Shah introduced the move in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. It was among the few parties that opposed the move.

Congress MLA from Rae Bareli Aditi Singh also said on Twitter, “United we stand! Jai Hind. #Article370.” When someone reminded her that she was a Congress leader, Singh replied back, saying, “Main ek Hindustani hoon (I am an Indian).”

She termed it a historic decision and urged people not to politicise it. Singh’s Assembly segment — Rae Bareli Sadar — is a part of UPA chairperson and former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.