Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and senior Congress leader Bhubaneswar Kalita said that he has resigned from the Upper House and quit the party opposing its stand on Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kalita said that the party’s stand on Article 370 was ‘against the mood and emotions of the nation’.
In a statement, Kalita said, “The Congress has asked me to issue a whip on the Kashmir issue. But the truth is that the mood of the nation has completely changed and this whip is against the public sentiment across the country. It seems the Congress is committing suicide with this ideology and I don’t want to be part of this. I will not follow the whip and I resign. Today’s Congress party leadership is trying to destroy the Congress. I believe nothing can stop the party from being ruined.”
The Congress has strongly opposed the scrapping of Article 370 and the government’s bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.
It may be mentioned that on July 30th, 2019, senior congress leader Sanjay Singh, who represented in the Rajya Sabha from Assam, had resigned from the upper house and quit the Congress and joined the saffron party.
With Kalita’s resignation, the Congress’ strength has come down to 46 in the 245-member house.
Guwahati | First Published: Aug 05, 2019