Indian National Congress (INC) general secretary Digvijaya Singh on 12 June was heard saying that he would revisit the decision to revoke Article 370 if brought his party were to regain power. He was heard saying this in an interview with a Pakistan-based journalist Shahzeb on the Clubhouse app. BJP released the audio clip on social media.
The audio dates back to 12 May. “Democracy was not there in Kashmir when article 370 was revoked. If the Congress comes to power, the decision to revoke Article 370 from Kashmir will be relooked into”, Digvijaya Singh was heard saying in the released audio clip. “Insaniyat was not there because everyone was put behind bars, and Kashmiriyat is something which is among the fundamentals of secularism”, he said further.
In the released audio clip, Digvijaya Singh made several comments that criticized the decision to revoke Article 370. “Because in a Muslim-majority state there was a Hindu king and both worked together. In fact, the reservation in Kashmir was given to Kashmiri pandits, therefore, the decision of revoking Article 370 and reducing the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, is a sad decision. And the INC party will certainly have to relook at this issue,”, he was heard saying.
Shortly thereafter, BJP MP Giriraj Singh took a dig at Digvijaya Singh over the leaked audio. He took to Twitter and alleged that Singh only conveyed Rahul Gandhi’s message to Pakistan. “Congress’s first love is Pakistan. Digvijay Singh conveyed Rahul Gandhi’s message to Pakistan. INC will help Pakistan in grabbing Kashmir”, he tweeted.
The Narendra Modi government virtually revoked Article 370 on 5 August 2019. The intention was to culturally integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India.
Digvijaya Singh was responding to Shahzeb Jillani, a Pakistan-based journalist currently residing in Germany who had that he was shocked at the changing landscape of politics and Indian society under the Modi regime. He alleged that post revocation of Article 370, the relationship between India and Pakistan have strained. He said that in the last couple of months the media is speaking up against the Narendra Modi government.