New Delhi: Former Union Home Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday termed the Union Government's decision to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir through a Presidential Order as 'black day in the Constitutional history of India'.
"We anticipated, we are embarking upon a misadventure, but even our wildest dreams we did not think that they will take such catastrophic step", Mr. Chidambaram said while talking to media persons outside Parliament.
Former Union Home Minister said what the government has done was unprecedented and warned that this can be done to any state in India.
The Government has not simply got rid of the Article 370, they have dismembered the state of Jammu and Kashmir by mischievously misinterpreting both Article 3 of the Constitution and Article 370 of the Constitution, the senior Congress leader said.
"If this can be done Jammu and Kashmir, let me caution you, it can be done to every other state in India. All they have to do is dismiss the elected government, impose President's rule, dissolve the elected assembly, move a resolution in Parliament, the Parliament approves it and the state can be dismembered. Every state can be broken up, and two or three union territories can be created out of states if it will not stop here", Mr. Chidambaram cautioned.
The former Union Minister also said, "what have done today is Constitutional monstrosity."
"People of India, people of every state must wake up to the grave danger, that has set as an example today by these completely unconstitutional and illegal resolutions", he said.
"Idea of India as a Union of India is in grave danger. This is the beginning of the disintegration of Union of India, if this government continues," Mr. Chidambaram warned.