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BJP at­tacks Chi­dambaram over ‘provoca­tive’ com­ments on Kash­mir

Cen­tre rec­ti­fied Cong’s big mis­take: Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi

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The rul­ing BJP came down heav­ily on the Op­po­si­tion Congress over a state­ment from for­mer Fi­nance Min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram who al­legedly said that the BJP wouldn’t have ab­ro­gated Ar­ti­cle 370 had Jammu and Kash­mir been a Hindu-dom­i­nated State.

BJP’s se­nior lead­ers and Min­is­ters termed Chi­dambaram’s state­ment as ‘very ir­re­spon­si­ble and provoca­tive’.

Law Min­is­ter and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad re­minded Chi­dambaram that a num­ber of peo­ple got killed in the State in the last 70 years.

“The state­ment made by him is ir­re­spon­si­ble and is made to pro­voke peo­ple, Prasad said and added: “Is it not true that (Army of­fi­cer) Faiyaz Khan was kid­napped and killed; is it not true that Au­rangzeb, who was a brave sol­dier, was killed by ter­ror­ists? What is Chi­dambaram talk­ing about?” he asked.

‘Ben­e­fit of Kash­miris’

The Law Min­is­ter said Ar­ti­cle 370 was re­pealed for the ben­e­fit of all Kash­miris, as un­der the name of Ar­ti­cle 370, Mus­lims of Kash­mir were also suf­fer­ing and fac­ing in­jus­tice.

Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi said the Cen­tre has rec­ti­fied a big mis­take made by the Congress.

“What he has said is an at­tempt to give com­mu­nal colour to the is­sue even though the de­ci­sion is in na­tional in­ter­est,” he said.

For­mer Mad­hya Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Chi­dambaram’s state­ment ex­posed Congress’ nar­row mind­set.

Chi­dambaram had on Sun­day said: “If there was a Hindu ma­jor­ity in Kash­mir, the BJP wouldn’t have touched (Ar­ti­cle 370). Be­cause of the Is­lamic ma­jor­ity, the BJP did it.”

“I say it’s true that thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered against the abo­li­tion of 370... tear gas...shooting... all of that is true,” he had said.

Left pitches in

Mean­while, CPI(M) Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Si­taram Yechury said the Cen­tre has kept the peo­ple of Kash­mir un­der ar­rest on the day of Eid.

“Eid is an oc­ca­sion of joy and cel­e­bra­tion, and our thoughts are with the peo­ple of Kash­mir who have been kept im­pris­oned in their own homes. We still don’t know how or where our Com­rades in Kash­mir are,” he tweeted.

“We are a coun­try of di­verse lan­guages, re­li­gions, cul­tures and ideas; this is our strength. The im­pact of un­demo­crat­i­cally and forcibly al­ter­ing Jammu and Kash­mir’s sta­tus will be felt in other States with spe­cial sta­tus.

“Let’s not for­get that most are on In­dia’s borders,” Yechury added.

 ?? ZY RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD YZ ?? Ar­ti­cle 370 was re­pealed for the ben­e­fit of all Kash­miris, as Mus­lims of Kash­mir were also suf­fer­ing and fac­ing in­jus­tice un­der it
ZY RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD YZ Ar­ti­cle 370 was re­pealed for the ben­e­fit of all Kash­miris, as Mus­lims of Kash­mir were also suf­fer­ing and fac­ing in­jus­tice un­der it

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