New Delhi, Jan 10: Terming the Supreme Court order to review all orders of restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, within a week, as 'big jolt' to Modi government, the Congress on Friday said that "Modiji reminded that nation bows before Constitution and not him".
"Supreme Court delivers first big jolt of 2020 to illegal activities of Modi government by stating importance of internet as a fundamental right. Double shock for Modi-Shah that dissent cannot be oppressed by imposing section 144. Modiji reminded that nation bows before Constitution and not him", tweeted Randeep Singh Surjewala, AICC communication in-charge.
In another tweet, the Congress spokesperson said that the apex court recorded displeasure at Modi government's refusal to show its orders and reminded them that internet ban is extraordinary measure.
"Modi-Shah now have a week to review Internet restrictions and place the reasons before the public.
No more ‘sealed envelopes’ to hide the truth in!", he tweeted.
Welcoming the Supreme Court order, senior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "this is the first time the Supreme Court has talked about how people of Jammu and Kashmir feel. The Union government has misled the entire country. This time the apex court was forthright and they didn't come under any pressure. I would like to thank the Supreme Court for a very historic decision and the people from across the country were waiting for it, specially the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking to twitter, Congress party said in its official handle, "Supreme Court rules that tactics like indefinite internet shutdowns and indiscriminate use of section 144 to silence dissent are unacceptable in a democracy. We hope this serves as a reminder to the tyrant duo that law and constitution is above their divisive policies".
Earlier in the day, the apex court said that "we declare that the freedom of speech and expression and the freedom to practice any profession or carry on any trade, business or occupation over the medium of internet enjoys constitutional protection under Article 19(1)(a) and Article 19(1)(g). The restriction upon such fundamental rights should be in consonance with the mandate under Article 19 (2) and (6) of the Constitution, inclusive of the test of proportionality". (UNI)