Centre should’ve taken stakeholders into confidence: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said decisions pertaining to states should only be taken only after consultation with the people of the state and not unilaterally. While unveiling a broze staue of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, on his first death anniversary in Chennai, she  slammed the Centre for the revocation of Article 370 and said that the Government had failed to hear the voices of the people of J&K.

DMK president MK Stalin hit back at those who had allegedly called the DMK anti-national for objecting to the Centre’s decision of scrapping Article 370. “Since we are objecting to the Union government’s decision on the Kashmir issue, people are questioning our patriotism…It is unnecessary to question our faith and patriotism towards India. DMK does not need to take lessons about patriotism from anyone,” he said.

Puducherry’s CM Narayanasamy pointed out that running an elected government is harder in a Union Territory. “While we are demanding statehood for Puducherry, the Centre has cancelled the statehood of J&K. We have been facing several issues due to the Lieutenant Governor. It is hard for a UT to implement public welfare schemes. Now, J&K will face these troubles since Article 370 has been withdrawn,” he said.

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