DMK president MK Stalin has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP regime to stop finding new reasons to keep the political leaders in Kashmir detained.
Condemning the arrest of former J&K chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti under the Public Safety Act, Stalin, in a statement issued to this effect on Saturday, said, “It is our hope that peace and normalcy should return to the valley at the earliest. Fundamental rights, including freedom of movement and speech, must be restored.” “The continued incarceration of elected Kashmiri political leaders – including @OmarAbdullah @MehboobaMufti and Faroow Abdullah is a blot on the rule of law. Invoking the Public Safety Act against these leaders is high-handed, anti-democratic and anti-federal,” Stalin posted on his official Twitter handle later in the day.
“Detention of former CMs and political leaders without charges since August 5 was tantamount to cuffing and chaining democracy,” Stalin said in the statement, adding that it was worrisome that the BJP was making a mockery of people’s faith in the Constitution and democracy.
Describing the abrogation of Article 370 without consulting the people of Kashmir and arrest of the state politicians as violation of individual liberty and human rights, Stalin, remarked that as the third largest party in the Parliament, DMK was duty bound to remind Modi that he was Prime Minister to the whole country and not just BJP.
Accusing the BJP of making a mockery of the idea of federalism after securing majority in the Parliament, Stalin said that there could be no second thought in people wanting to restore peace and giving effect to democratic principles and freeing political leaders in Kashmir. “Hence, the Centre should stop finding superficial reasons to keep the political leaders in Kashmir detained and immediately order their release without delay,” Stalin added.