Similar confusion was caused by party leader from Punjab and spokesman Jaiveer Shergill who supported the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370
while criticising the BJP for how it was done. This was echoed by Milind Deora.
All these voices were slammed by Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, who about his colleagues in the party, said: “I have nothing to do with those who don’t know the history of Congress and Jammu and Kashmir.
” Although several Congress leaders, including Azad, P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal, opposed the move in the Rajya Sabha, and leaders like Rajeev Gowda made frenetic attempts to press amendments, outside the House leaders like Janardhan Dwivedi also upheld the scrapping of the provisions of Article 370.
Meanwhile, criticising the decision to turn Ladakh into a Union Territory, Azad told the media: "People in Leh were in favour of the Union Territory status while Kargil was against it. Nobody is showing protests in Kargil but only showing celebrations in Leh… Similarly, in Jammu district, we only see media coverage of people who are against Article 370."
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi only reacted on Twitter and did not speak in Parliament or any public forum. There seemed no overt effort by the Opposition to band together and form a common front.
The issue concerning National
Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, who claimed he was under house arrest (although Home Minister Amit Shah denied any such move) was raised by the Nationalist Congress Party’s Supriya Sule, but only as a throwaway remark.