In a strong rebuttal to P Chidambaram’s remarks on terrorism on Sunday, MoS, PMO, Jitendra Singh said that the talk of separatism is wrong.
Earlier he also said, statements which tend to instigate anti-India activism should be avoided at any cost. And if P Chidambaram does so then I think the nation would have to rethink whether indeed Congress is a party which could ever in future be handed over reins of power and governance without risking sovereignty of Indian republic. On Saturday Chidambaram further added that he feared the situation would worsen if the BJP-lead NDA government did not make a course correction in framing their policies for Kashmir, the same ways the Cabinet Committee on security did, back in 2010.
In the press conference, Chidambaram also claimed that seven million people of Kashmir valley felt alienated by the ”oppressive methods” of the Indian government, which was a “terrible” mistake. He also said that the statement by Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat that anyone who interfered with defence operations in Kashmir would be treated as anti-national was the last straw.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar endorsed National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah and former finance minister P Chidambaram’s stand on the prevailing Kashmir tension.
“Farooq Abdullah knows the youth of Kashmir and he has highlighted the reality and what Chidambaram had said is also right. Thankfully, people like Chidambaram and Abdullah do exist in this world who don’t mince their words and speak up the truth and thereby open a door so that government can take any strong decision,” Aiyar had told media.