“I think it is his personal view,” Congress Spokesperson Sushmita Dev said at the AICC briefing.
Dev initially refrained from commenting on Chidambaram’s remarks saying Kashmir is burning and is a “sensitive issue” and there should be a responsible reaction from her party.
“I would check with the party rather than giving a knee-jerk reaction,” she said earlier. Dev reacted only after Chidambaram’s comments were read out to her.
Proposing a radical solution to the situation in Kashmir, Chidambaram who is a senior Congress leader and former Home Minister advocated restoring the “grand bargain” under which Kashmir had acceded to India by granting a large degree of autonomy, warning that otherwise the country will have to pay a “heavy price”.
“I think their approach is wrong. We have ignored the grand bargain under which Kashmir acceded to India. I think we broke faith, we broke promises and as a result we have paid a heavy price,” he had said yesterday.