New Delhi, August 10: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is "very grim". Speaking to reporters after attending the Congress Working Committee's meeting, Rahul Gandhi said reports of violence are coming from Jammu and Kashmir. Gandhi's remarks came days after the Modi government scrapped the special status of the state under Article 370 of the Constitution.
"I was called by the Working Committee just now because between the work that they were doing, to choose the next Congress president, some reports have come, that things in Jammu and Kashmir are going very wrong. There are reports of violence so we stopped our deliberation," Gandhi said, who initially didn't come to attend the second sitting of the CWC meeting. The Congress leader asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make it what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Loses Privileges Under Article 370, Article 35A: What Does it Mean For Kashmiris and Other Indians?
"It is important that the Prime Minister makes it clear what is happening in Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh," Gandhi added. The Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution ending applicability of Article 370 of the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir and passed a bill for the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. Earlier in the day, the CWC, the party's top decision-making body met to decide the new party chief. Article 370 Abrogation in Jammu and Kashmir: Advance Salary For Government Employees Ahead of Eid al-Adha to be Credited Today.
But following Rahul Gandhi's assertion that a new party chief be appointed, the party formed five sub-groups region-wise to consult with the party leaders on the successor. In the first CWC meeting in the morning, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi said that they did not want to be a part of the process to choose the successor to the post of party chief. Party sources said that all the five sub-groups, including the one with Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka Gandhi on board, proposed Rahul's name.