Chidambaram's statement reflects Congress mentality to divide India: Smriti Irani

31 October, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • P Chidambaram Piyush Goyal

The Congress has distanced itself from the statement and described it as the "opinion of an individual".

He had even said that "when people in Kashmir ask for azadi majority want autonomy".

"It is obvious the PM has not read the whole answer to the question put to me on Jammu and Kashmir", Chidambaram said.

The State BJP was reacting to a statement of Congress leader, P Chidambaram yesterday and a resolution passed by the NC today vowing to continue its struggle for the restoration of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir in its original, pristine form. "This is an insult to our courageous soldiers", PM Modi said while addressing a gathering at the Dashamah Soundarya Lahari Parayanotsava Mahasarmapane in Bengaluru.

PM's remark came a day after P Chidambaram said that most people of Kashmir want autonomy.


Criticising Chidambaram's stance on Kashmir, the Prime Minister said such statements undermine the armed forces achievements like carrying out surgical strikes.

In Karnataka, which goes to polls next year, Modi also said the Congress is disconnected with the aspirations of the country. However he added that it will remain a part of India but will have larger powers as promised under Article 370.

Ms Irani said, standing in the state of Gujarat, the land of Sardar patel who united India, what message Mr Chidambaram and Congress is trying to give, that at their doorstep of political gain they are willing to sacrifice nationhood. But he didn't spell out the party's stand, saying a panel led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that was looking into all issues in context of Kashmir.

Reacting sharply, the BJP said, it was not surprising to see Chidambaram make such comments given his leader supported those who gave slogan of "Bharat teretukdehonge", an apparent reference to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. "We pointed out that these were cross-border actions and such actions had been done in the past too, as admitted by the Army Chief", he said.

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