Mnp Cong hails SC order on internet ban in J-K

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 11 | Publish Date: 1/11/2020 10:41:24 AM IST

 Manipur Congress on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court order on internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir that stated that internet shutdown violates Article 19 of Indian Constitution.

On Friday, the Supreme Court declared that access to internet is a fundamental right and a government cannot deprive the citizens of fundamental rights, except under certain conditions explicitly mentioned in the Constitution. The ruling came on hearing of a plea in connection with internet blockade in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 - in the view of revoking Article 370 in the Union Territory.

Vice president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) T Mangibabu, at a news conference held at Imphal Congress Bhavan today said that the time has now come  for a mass movement to save democracy of the country.

The vice president alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre as well as states rule by the party of abusing powers and terrorising people only to achieve the goals of the party. He termed the verdict of the highest court of India as a triumph of the people who love democracy.

He alleged that BJP in power has been suppressing rights of the people of this largest democracy in the world using force and misusing laws and acts of the country.

He said, under the dictatorship rule of the saffron party, the democracy of the country is going to strangulate, alleging that not only the incumbent Central government but BJP rule states were also running dictatorial governments.

“Democracy has put at stake under BJP regime. The government for the people has been violating the fundamental rights of the people in the name of maintaining law and orders besides using unfair means to suppress people democratic protest against government policies and programmes,” the former state legislator alleged.

The ruling party has been using unfair means to gag the fundamental rights like the right to expression and speech of the people, he added. The senior Congress leader criticised the BJP-led coalition government in the state for imposing section 144 of CrPC in the capital district of the state (Imphal West) for more than two months in the same of maintaining law and order.

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