Mukul Sangma

Former Meghalaya chief minister and veteran Congress leader Mukul Sangma on August 20 said that the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir was done without taking the people into confidence.

“It was Article 370, which had convinced the then ruler of Jammu and Kashmir to join the Indian union,” Sangma said at a meeting observing the 75th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi and Sadbhavana Divas in Congress Bhavan.

He also emphasised on the contributions of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, who had laid the foundations of a strong united Indian ‘Union of States’.

Sangma lamented that the people who are not aware of the history of India, and the prevailing situation in sub-constituent during the independence, have been blaming the Congress leaders of those days, in order to gain political mileage.

“They (BJP) have been defending the recent steps initiated by them, which were taken without taking the people into confidence,” he said. Sangma also exhorted upon the party workers to talk to people about the contributions of the party, so that the opponents are deprived of the space to spread false and malicious campaign not only about the party but about its past and present leaders.

He lamented that the political opponents were trying to fool the people by unleashing mischievous campaigns, and in the process were fooling themselves.

Sangma advocated that the people should stay connected with the glorious history of the nation.

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