Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

BJP should read before criticising autonomy for Kashmir: Chidambaram

BJP should read before criticising autonomy for Kashmir: Chidambaram

The Congress owes an explanation to the nation for its "azaadi" remark. "Who are these people who do this".

It also asked both India and Pakistan to initiate a "sustained and comprehensive" dialogue to resolve the Kashmir imbroglio. "And what more rights he wants when all the rights and powers except defence, external affairs, telecommunication and currency are with the state", he said. The Congress leader said that he was anxious about what was happening in the Valley as there was a deep ferment there. Our solders are guarding our motherland day and night and protecting innocent Kashmiris. There would not be a state in the country from where courageous soldiers have not laid down their lives for Kashmir. And they are not feeling ashamed in saying this. He told BJP workers in Bengaluru that his government would not compromise with the country's unity and integrity.

"I want to ask the people of Bengaluru".

Former chief ministers and National Conference leaders Omar and Farooq Abdullah have jumped in the controversy which has erupted over senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's call for more autonomy for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He asked the opposition party whether by autonomy it means the pre-1953 status, and whether the state should have a Prime Minister instead of a Chief Minister, and a Sadar-i-Riyasat, and not a government.

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Chidambaram's response was that Modi hadn't read his comments fully, and that he was attacking a "ghost". He said it was obvious that the PM had not read the whole answer to the question put to him on J&K at Rajkot. "The PM is imagining a ghost and attacking it", he told PTI.

"The opinion of an individual is not necessarily the opinion of the Indian National Congress".

He had warned that otherwise the country will have to pay a "heavy price". "The Congress party will have to give an answer for this (Chidambaram's) statement.", he said. Centre should ensure that the conditions on which the accession of the state to the union of India is based should be restored and respected.

The Minister said, she is not surprised at the statement of Mr Chidambaram given his leader Rahul Gandhi supported those who gave slogan of "Bharat tere tukde honge" during JNU crisis and it reflects the Congress mentality.

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