Kerala CM slams central government, says keeping Kashmiri leaders under house arrest is unconstitutional

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan slammed the clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir over the scrapping of Article 370.

We should ask ourselves whether we were moving towards or away from socialist and democratic values when Public Sector Undertakings were destroyed, when wealth got accumulated in the hands of a few and a situation was created where leaders of democratic parties were placed under house arrest, Kerala CM said on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day.

Encroachment upon the powers and rights of States also goes against the grain of the Constitution and federal principles, he said.

Pinarayi Vijayan urged the people of the State to mark the 73rd Independence Day by rededicating themselves to distress relief in the flood-hit regions and the reconstruction that must follow.

Citing the example of how a mosque helped in conducting the post-mortem of bodies recovered from landslide-hit Kavalapara in Malappuram, the CM said, “The combined relief efforts in Kerala is the best example of secularism.”

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