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Split wide open in Congress: Jyotiraditya Scindia supports abrogation of Article 370

File photo of Jyotiraditya Scindia Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 06, 2019, 07.33 PM (IST)

There is more trouble for already beleaguered Congress party over opposition to abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

Young Congress leader and Jyotiraditya Scindia has supported the governmnet's move to repeal the controversial provision which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

"I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into union of India," Scindia said on Twitter.

"Would have been better if constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this," he further said in his tweet.

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While senior leaders such as former Home Minister P Chidambaram and Ghulam Nabi Azad vehemently opposed the abrogation of Article 370, Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Deepender Hooda and Raebareli Sadar MLA Aditi Singh extended support to the central government's decision, thus leading to a division of opinion within the Congress.

Others like former Lok Sabha MP Ranjeet Ranjan also said that Article 370 is a provision that eventually had to be revoked. "Because we're in Opposition, people expect us to oppose. But in my opinion, the decision to revoke Article 370, that was anyway temporary and had to be revoked, is the right decision," she said.

Senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi was also among those supporting the Centre's move and said a mistake of history has been corrected. "Ram Manohar Lohia ji under whom I had political training was always against this Article. A mistake of history has been corrected today, albeit late," Dwivedi, who was considered very close to party leader Sonia Gandhi a few years ago, had said after the passage of the bill in Rajya Sabha on Monday.