BJP attacks NC, Congress on autonomy stand

BJP attacks NC, Congress on autonomy stand

BJP attacks NC, Congress on autonomy stand

Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's response to his comment about autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir showed he had not fully read the statement. He said, "They (Pakistan) have been sending terrorists and (have) also inflicted some wars", the senior BJP leader said. The Congress leader said that he was anxious about what was happening in the Valley as there was a deep ferment there.

Modi also said that it seems that the Congress party was not going to learn from its mistakes.

Speaking at an event in Rajkote on Saturday, Chidambaram said when people in Kashmir ask for "freedom" a lot of them want greater autonomy and "I think we should seriously examine that question and consider on what areas we can give autonomy to" the state.

"We continue to strive for the restoration of autonomy and restoration of Article 370 to its original, pristine form, while condemning those divisive voices who are opposed to the sovereign constitutional guarantees extended to the people of the state", the resolution passed at a delegates' session of the National Conference in Srinagar said. "The PM is imagining a ghost and attacking it", he told PTI.

State unit of BJP on Sunday attacked the opposition National Conference (NC) and the Congress for their support for greater autonomy to the State, saying it appeared to be a part of a "sinister design" to derail the Centre's effort to find a solution to the Kashmir imbroglio. They have been making sacrifices for protecting the motherland, to protect the innocent residents of Kashmir. And they are not feeling ashamed in saying this.

PM Modi said after the many electoral defeats, he thought Congress leaders would help bring the party back on track.

He had warned that otherwise the country will have to pay a "heavy price".

Taking a dig at Congress leaders who had asked for proof of last year's surgical strike by the Indian army across the Line of Control in Kashmir, Mr Modi said.

Congress" chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters here on Saturday that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and "will always remain so unquestionably'.

The Congress, however, sought to distance itself from Mr Chidambaram's remarks, saying the "opinion of an individual is not necessarily the opinion of the party".

"The entire world saw what happened in the Doklam issue". Unable to digest this success, the Congress had issued a fake statement on the Doklam row, he claimed.

The Prime Minister further said that the people have no expectations from the Congress party, adding the country's grand old party was disconnected from country's aspirations.

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