'Hopeless' Congress shamelessly joined voice for 'Kashmir azadi': Modi

'Hopeless' Congress shamelessly joined voice for 'Kashmir azadi': Modi

Kerry Wise
October 31, 2017

"This is an insult to our courageous soldiers", PM Modi said at a public meeting in Karnataka capital Bengaluru, linking Mr Chidambaram's remarks to the party's response to last year's surgical strikes at terrorist camps across the line of control in Pakistan".

In response to Modi's criticism, Chidambaram on Sunday also said that neither his party nor he had criticised the surgical strikes. "It was the flawed policy of the Congress right since 1947 which is responsible for the Kashmir problem", Jaitley said.

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. "Do you remember the lies Congress was spreading on Doklam". "Now I can imagine why the Congress were angry after surgical strike", Modi said. "People have no expectations from the Congress party", Modi said.

Meanwhile, the Congress party has sought to distance itself from the remarks of its senior leader P Chidambaram on Jammu and Kashmir, saying the "opinion of an individual is not necessarily the opinion of the party".

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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". "Therefore, I think we should seriously examine that question and consider on what areas we can give autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir", Chidambaram said.

"The demand in Kashmir is to respect in letter and spirit the Article 370 and that means they want greater autonomy".

The finance minister also said the Congress needs to clarify whether it is the party's stand.

"Why are Congress leaders lending their voice to those who want Azadi in Kashmir?"