‘Historical Mistake Rectified Today’: Congress Split Open as Leaders Support BJP

With the Senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi’s statement on Monday that the abrogation of Article 370, saying a “historical mistake” has been corrected by the government the pungent discrepancy between congress leaders have emerged clearer. A number of congress leaders have already come publically expressing their opinions that support the valiant steps taken by the union government to revoke article 370.

Backing Modi government’s decisions, Dwivedi said that it is a matter of national satisfaction that a “mistake” done at the time of independence has been corrected. “It is a very old issue. After independence, many freedom fighters did not want Article 370 to remain. I had my political training under Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, who was against this Article. Personally, this is an issue of a matter of satisfaction for the nation.

“This historical mistake that happened at the time of independence has been rectified today, even though late, and is welcomed,” Dwivedi said.

In another major setback earlier, Congress Rajya Sabha MP and chief whip Bhubaneshwar Kalita resigned from the membership of the House on Monday opposing the party’s stand on the abrogation of Article 370. “I was asked by the party to issue a whip but this is against the mood of the nation. The party as it is on its way towards destruction and I can’t be a contributor to it,” he said in a letter.

Aditi Singh, Congress MLA from Uttar Pradesh, wrote in a tweet supporting the scrapping of Article 370 that reads “United we stand! Jai Hind #Article370”. Jaiveer Shergill, national spokesperson of the Congress, also took to Twitter to express his support for removal of Article 370, but said such a move should be done in accordance with provisions and methodology provided by the Constitution of India.

While leaders coming up with their support to the central government, Rahul Gandhi, who quit as Congress president in May owning the party’s second straight national election debacle, has not made his view public. While the party’s Rajya Sabha members like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal blasted the move in the house, calling it “murder of democracy”, and Congress MPs in Lok Sabha staged a walkout led by Sonia Gandhi, outside parliament several Congress leaders are still coming out in support of it. This has further deepened the misery in the congress camp.