05 August 2019
New Delhi: As Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday proposed to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Twitter got flooded with messages related to the issue with many hailing #OneCountryOneSystem.
"Kashmir has cost India so much - suffering in the state, terror all over, lakhs of crores in extra defence budget, soldiers losing their lives. Meanwhile, hundreds of fancy conferences pretending to solve the issue. Time it all stops. #OneCountryOneSystem #Article370," author Chetan Bhagat tweeted.
Shah also said that Jammu and Kashmir will be split into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh sans one.
Many Twitter users lauded Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their brave new stance against separatists.
"One flag, one country, one constitution!!! Long live india #KashmirHamaraHai #Article370," wrote one user.
"Union Home Min @AmitShah moves historic resolution to revoke #Article370. (There should be an informed debate. Disappointed with the opposition for creating disturbance instead of an informed debate on such a crucial issue. Debate not disruption) Big move by @PMOIndia," tweeted another.
Some even predicted that the move will lead to another landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the next general elections in 2024.
"Today Narendra Modi & Amit Shah took 370 from Indians. Indians will reward them by giving 370 in 2024. #Article370," tweeted one user.
"Congratulations for winning next lok sabha elections. #Article370 #ModiHaiToMumkinHai," said another.
Soon after the move to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was announced by Shah in the Rajya Sabha, #Article 370, #kashmirhamaraHai, #370gaya, #KashmirParFinalFight startred trending on Twitter.
"I propose a gigantic statue of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee at Lal Chowk -- the man who gave his life for Kashmir's Azadi from #Article370," filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri wrote.
There were, however, no dearth of criticism of the move either.
"If this is not a democratic crisis I do not know what is. India please awaken NOW," wrote Carnatic singer-activist T.M. Krishna.
"This is wholly illegal. As Gulzari Lal Nanda put it in the Lok Sabha on December 4, 1964, Article 370 represents the only way of taking the Indian Constitution into J&K," lawyer Suhrith wrote.