Article 370 scrapped: Digvijaya Singh claims Narendra Modi dumped Vajpayee's 'Kashmiriyat, insaniyat, jamhuriyat' policy

  • Digvijay Singh said Narendra Modi has dumpedAtal Bihari Vajpayee's famous policy on Jammu and Kashmir by scrapping its special status

  • Vajpayee, who was prime minister from 1998-2004, had based his Kashmir policy on three principles — Kashmiriyat, insaniyat and jamhooriyat

  • Digvijaya's reaction came in response to a poser regarding P Chidambaram's remark that the Centre would not have revoked Article 370 if Jammu and Kashmir was a Hindu-majority state

Bhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dumped former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's famous policy on Jammu and Kashmir by scrapping the special status granted to the border state under Article 370 of the Constitution.

Vajpayee, who was prime minister from 1998-2004, had based his Kashmir policy on three principles — Kashmiriyat (inclusive Kashmiri culture), insaniyat (humanism) and jamhooriyat (democracy).

"Atal ji had said 'jamhooriyat, Kashmiriyat and insaniyat', was only way out to solve the Jammu and Kashmir problem, but Modi has junked it totally," Singh told reporters in Bhopal.

"The decision (to scrap Jammu and Kashmir's special status) was not in accordance with jamhooriyat, Kashmiriyat or insaniyat. Modi had rejected Atal ji's policy totally," the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said.

His reaction came in response to a poser regarding his party colleague P Chidambaram's remark that the Centre would not have revoked provisions of Article 370 if Jammu and Kashmir was a Hindu-majority state.

Singh said it can be Chidambaram's personal view and maintained the Kashmir issue should not be seen with Hindu-Muslim perspective.

Updated Date: Aug 13, 2019 23:58:07 IST