Chennai, Aug 5 : Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, including the DMK and the CPI, strongly condemned the Centre for abrogating Article 370 and announcing Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir as Union Territories and said it should be kept in abeyance until an elected government was formed there.
Talking to reporters here on Monday, DMK President M K Stalin termed the two new Union Territories as a 'murder of democracy'. 'Without getting approval of the people of J and K, the Centre has staged a murder of democracy using Article 370 of the Constitution', he added.
Terming it as 'anti-democratic', he strongly condemned it and also the AIADMK for supporting it in Parliament. 'It will only be appropriate for AIADMK to change its name to BJP', Mr Stalin said sarcastically. He said until an elected government was formed by the people, the move to bifurcate J and K by forming two new Union Territories should be put on hold.
Earlier, in a statement, Mr Stalin said an elected Chief Minister could not be equated with the Governor, who would know the sentiments of the people like the former.
Condemning the key leaders being kept under House arrest in J and K, the DMK Chief said it was done with an ulterior motive. Flaying the Centre, CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan termed it as an affront on Nation's unity and accused the government of not finding a political solution to ease the prevailing tension in that state.
Manithaneya Makkal Katchi leader M H Jawahirullah termed it as a 'black day' in Indian democracy and said the Centre's decision to bifurcate J and K has led to an undeclared emergency in the country.
Since none of the Corporates could buy any property in J and K as Article 370 and Article 35A was in vogue, the Centre has scrapped the Special category Status to allow the Corporates and MNCs to loot the natural wealth and isolate the Muslims in that state. (UNI)