Delhi : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who had refrained from commenting on the Centre’s decision of trifurcating Jammu & Kashmir, broke his silence on Tuesday. Accusing the BJP of abusing the executive powers, Mr Gandhi tweeted, “National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution.

This nation is made by its people, not plots of land. This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security. (sic)”. He also condemned the arrest of local Kashmiri political leaders and in another tweet said, “Kashmir’s mainstream political leaders have been jailed at secret locations. This is unconstitutional & undemocratic. It’s also short sighted and foolish because it will allow terrorists to fill the leadership vaccum created by GOI. The imprisoned leaders must be released.”

Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday announced the Modi government’s decision to revoke Article 370, thereby taking away J&K’s special status. The resolution and the J&K Reorganisation Bill were passed by the Rajya Sabha on Monday after several regional parties came out in support of the move and hailed the BJP for its decision.

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