New Delhi, Aug 5 : Terming the Narendra NDA government's decision to revoke Article 370 'murder of democracy and federalism', Communist party of India (Marxist) on Monday alleged that the Modi government has 'struck a big blow at democracy and the Constitution'.
"The people of Kashmir was acceded to India in the face of invaders from Pakistan and a solemn commitment had been made to them by the Indian State to provide them with special status and autonomy which was embodied in Article 370. The Modi government has betrayed the people of Jammu and Kashmir by going back on this commitment, the CPI(M) polit bureau said in a statement.
Earlier, the Left parties had called for a protest march at Parliament street against the Government's decision. The CPI(M) pointed out that it is universally acknowledged that the unity of India lies in its diversity and added that "the BJP-RSS rulers cannot tolerate any diversity and the federal principle. They are treating Jammu and Kashmir as occupied territory".
"Trampling on the Constitution, they are converting Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as two centrally-ruled Union Territories. This is the biggest attack on national unity and the concept of India as a Union of States, the party added.
Referring to the massive troop deployment in the border state, the Left party said that "the run-up to these authoritarian measures have seen tens of thousands of troops being deployed in Jammu and Kashmir, detention of leaders of major political parties and movement of public prohibited. This itself shows that the Modi government is imposing its diktats without the consent of the people".
The CPI(M) said the strengthening of the bonds of the people of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India should have been through the process of political dialogue with all stakeholders, as promised by the government three years ago. "Instead, such a unilateral step will only deepen the alienation. This is harmful for the unity and integrity of India", the party warned.
The CPI(M) also called like minded people to join the all-India protest day called by the Left parties on August 7.(UNI)