The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has lashed out at political leaders batting for the restoration of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Central working president of the VHP, Advocate Alok Kumar said that the demand by different political parties to restore status quo ante in relation to J&K and Article 370 of the Constitution is not only against the national public sentiment but also a contempt of the Constitution, the judiciary and the Parliament as well as the height of opposition to the country.
The VHP statement came after six parties including Congress issued a joint declaration, demanding the restoration of the special constitutional status of the region which was revoked last year. The other signatories in the declaration were National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Peoples Conference, CPI(M) and Awami National Conference.
The VHP Working president also slammed senior Congress leader and former Finance minister P Chidambaram who openly came out to voice his support for the declaration. Alok Kumar said that Chidambaram’s support for the declaration has once again “exposed the anti-national character of the Congress.”
The VHP working president said that the “whole of Jammu & Kashmir (including the territories illegally occupied by Pakistan and China) is an integral part of India and the Parliament of India is free to take all kinds of decisions about it.”
“After the revocation of Article 370, as the situation in J&K and Ladakh – the crown of Maa Bhaarati – is getting normal, with regular life coming on track, and the development of the region picking up pace, it seems that these opposition parties standing for separatists do not like these positive developments,” he added.
Kumar also said that the people of the country were fed up with the brunt of separatism and terrorism for decades. From August 5, 2019, the country was feeling some relief with curbs on the anti-national elements, but as suddenly this separatist thinking has once again shown its head, it has shocked and angered the people of the country.
The article 370 of the constitution which allowed a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked last year through a notification by the President of India. The statehood of the region was also dismissed and the region was bifurcated into two separate union territories, namely Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.