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Article 370 Scrapped: Mehbooba Calls It 'Darkest Day In Democracy'; Omar Abdullah Says It's 'Betrayal'

Kashmir's political leader People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti was amongst the first to react to the news.

Article 370 Scrapped: Mehbooba Calls It 'Darkest Day In Democracy'; Omar Abdullah Says It's 'Betrayal'
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Article 370 Scrapped: Mehbooba Calls It 'Darkest Day In Democracy'; Omar Abdullah Says It's 'Betrayal'
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2019-08-05T15:28:20+0530

Home Minister Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha on Monday announced that Article 370- which grants autonomy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir-has been scrapped. 

Kashmir's political leader People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti was amongst the first to react to the news. She took to twitter to say that this day marks "the darkest day of democracy." Whereas the National Conference leader Omar Abdullah says the decision is a "betrayal of trust" of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Both the leaders condemned the decision claiming that it is "unilateral."

Mufti said the decision will make "India an occupational force in J&K." Omar Abdullah says the present move by the government will have "far-reaching and dangerous consequences."

Currently, under house arrest, the PDP chief said the ruling powers only want the territory of J&K by "terrorising the people". India has failed the people of Kashmir by failing to keep its promise, she added.

Mufti said that that the current move will exacerbate the "alienation Kashmiri's feel."

Omar Abdullah issued a statement in which he said the government's scrapping of article 370 is an "act of aggression against the state."

He accused the government of "lying" and said the government earlier had openly denied the rumours that there will be constitutional changes with regard to J&K.

Attacking the move of deploying additional forces in the Valley, he said, the state has been converted into a "garrison" and that the government has acted in "stealth" and "deceit."

Omar Abdullah in the statement wrote that he and his party are ready for a "long battle" ahead.

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