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“Should have thought before going”, Mayawati slams Opposition for visiting Kashmir

Lucknow | Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has hit out at the Opposition over their Kashmir visit on Saturday and said that this has only given the Modi govt a chance to politicise the issue.

In a series of tweets, Mayawati stated reasons for her party’s support of the Centre’s decision to scrap Article 370.

“As is known that Baba Saheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar has always been in favour of equality, unity and integrity of the country, hence he was not in favour of making provision of Article 370 separately in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. For this reason, the BSP supported the removal of this clause in Parliament”, she wrote.

She added that since this decision has been taken after 69 years since the Constitution implemented it, she said that it might take a while for the situation to get back to normal.

“It is better to wait a bit, which is also considered by the Honorable Court”, she wrote, in a reference to Supreme Court dismissing pleas against Article 370, citing that the government needs some time for it to implement normalcy.

The former MP slammed Opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who reached Kashmir on Saturday to take stock of the situation after the scrapping of Article 370. They were, however, sent back by the authorities.

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“Isn’t the recent visit of the Congress and other opposition parties to Kashmir without permission act as a chance for the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir Governor to politicise the issue?”

She advised them that they should’ve considered all the possibilities before the move.

Earlier this month, Mayawati had voiced her support to the Centre’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

“The demand to implement the Constitution’s ‘social, economic and political justice’ in the country by removing Article 370 and 35A, was long pending. The BSP hopes people there will get the benefits of the Central government’s decision,” Mayawati had said.

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