Few backers in Congress for Rahul Gandhi’s take on Article 370, division of Jammu & Kashmir

Article 370: Modi governments decision to revoke special status of Jammu Kashmir under the Constitution and turn it into Union territory with a legislature has further deepened the political divide within the Congress. The party which is grappling with two back-to-back Lok Sabha election defeats at the hands of its main rival, the BJP, is clearly divided over the issue. Rahul Gandhis tweet attacking the Union government over its decision to scrap the Article 370 hardly found any support among his party colleagues. Except Ashok Gehlot, none of the Congress chief ministers retweeted Rahul Gandhis two tweets attacking the Modi government over its decision to scrap Article 370. Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy and Rajasthans deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot did not retweet Rahul Gandhis attack on Modi government after former Congress President broke his silence a day after Rajya Sabha passed the two bills and two resolutions. What is more intriguing is that his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh and also his close confidant Jyotiraditya Scindia, in-charge of western Uttar Pradesh also decided to not to endorse Rahul Gandhis twitter attack on Modi government over the issue. Priyanka Gandhi, who is very active on social media in her criticism of Modi-Yogi governments over various issues, did not tweet anything against the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu Kashmir. Only Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who has over 7.5 lakh followers on his twitter handle @ashokgehlot51, forwarded Rahul Gandhis tweet against the decision to scrap the Article 370. On his twitter handle, Gehlot criticsed Modi government for arresting former chief ministers of the state but he did not criticise the move to scrap the Article 370. ALSO READ: Article 370: How Amit Shah managed to outmanoeuver the opposition The decision to abrogate special status to Jammu Kashmir is a sensitive one in Gehlots home state Rajasthan which sends a large number of soldiers to Indian military and paramilitary forces. Rajasthan has a sizeable population of Rajputs and Jats who join security forces in large numbers and are politically influential in the state. Any attempt by Ashok Gehlot to criticise home minister Amit Shahs master stroke runs the risk of alinieating the large number of serving and retired defence personnel in his state. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, a known Gandhi family loyalist, who has nearly 3 lakh followers on his twitter handle @OfficeofKNath, also maintained a studied silence over the issue. He neither criticised the Union governments move nor did he retweet Rahul Gandhis two tweets attacking the Modi government. The Congress leader also pointed out to Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and Sachin Pilot, deputy chief minister of Rajasthan, who decided not to tweet Rahul Gandhis two tweets attacking the Modi governments decision to revoke special status given to Jammu Kashmir. Similarly, Rahul Gandhis trusted lieutenant Jyotiraditya Scindia also did not retweet Rahul Gandhis tweet critical of NDA governments move to convert Jammu Kashmir, and Ladakh into two union territories. ALSO READ: Jammu Kashmir Reorganisation Bill: Amit Shah Breaking his silence over the issue, Rahul Gandhi today slammed the Modi governments decision to scrap the Article 370, calling it an abuse of executive power that will not further national integration. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land, Congress leaders like Janardan Dwivedi and Deepender Hooda have openly supported the move to abrogate article 370. Janardan Dwivedi hailed the decision saying that it will rectify a historic mistake. Janardhan Dwivedis views find many backers within the party. ALSO READ: Modi govt It was meant to be scrapped someday. I dont think that any mid-level party leader or ordinary Congress worker will oppose the decision, How can we oppose the decision to scrap the Article 370, It shows the government can take more unilateral decisions that is worrying for us,