PM Modi slams Chidambaram's remarks on Kashmir autonomy

Aaron Brown
October 31, 2017

"The position that the Congress has taken with regard to azadi or autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir goes directly contrary to India's national interest. This is an insult to our fearless soldiers", PM Modi is quoted to have said.

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

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.

Gupta criticised the Congress leader's remarks as "opportunistic, contradictory, misleading and motivated". "The statement was unacceptable", he said.

An "opinion of an individual is not necessarily the opinion of the party", Mr Surjewala said. "People of India trusted them so much but this is their conduct", he stated. "Now I can imagine why the Congress were angry after surgical strike", Modi said.

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His statement came after Chidamabaram on Saturday asserted that when people of Jammu and Kashmir ask for "azadi" they seek greater autonomy.

He said the appointment of former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma to hold talks in Kashmir doesn't indicate a change of heart or approach by the Centre in its policy but that it will continue to hold on to its "muscular policy and military solution".

"The demand in the Kashmir Valley is to respect in letter and spirit Article 370. He should know that "azadi" does not mean autonomy".

He had even said that "when people in Kashmir ask for azadi a lot of them want autonomy". "Therefore, I think we should seriously examine that question and consider on what areas we can give autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir", Chidambaram said.

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was "an accumulative outcome of the axe of omission and commission committed by the Congress".

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