Former Union Minister P Chidambaram today criticised the government over the house arrest of politicians in Jammu and Kashmir amid concerns over a massive troop build-up in the state. Mobile internet and landline phone connections have been snapped in parts of the state today.
“I had warned of a misadventure in J&K. It seems the government is determined to embark upon one. The house arrest of J&K leaders is a signal that the government will defy all democratic norms and principles to achieve its objects. I condemn the house arrests,” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.
The developments have triggered speculation about plans to modify the special status granted to the state under the Constitution – a highly emotive issue linked to the rights of its residents.
“Before the day is over we will know if there will be a major crisis in J&K. Keeping my fingers crossed,” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.