Senior CPI (m) leader and former MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami debunked the Centre’s claim of normalcy in the Valley, saying it continues to reel under lockdown since the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of J&K into two UTs, The Tribune reported.
“Fundamental rights and other civil liberties remain curtailed and there is a general atmosphere of fear, pain and loss,” Tarigami said in the company of his party chief Sitaram Yechury at CPM national headquarters.
“Yes, there is normalcy and no death under the point of a gun,” Tarigami said to counter government’s claim. He made a special mention of the financial loss suffered by the apple industry, which besides tourism, is bulwark of Kashmir’s economy. They sought compensation for them.
Tarigami expressed concern on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha today, saying citizenship cannot be linked to religion. This has come as another rude shock to the people of Kashmir.
“The people of Kashmir had chosen India over Pakistan during Partition on account of its secular credentials,” he said, adding that the people of Pakistan would be rejoicing at the development, The Tribune reported.