Blooper or deliberate? Digvijay Singh calls it ‘India occupied Kashmir’, retracts

By: | Updated: August 18, 2016 12:43 PM

Hitting out at PM Narendra Modi, the Congress leader warned his 'confrontationalist' statement will only make the situation worse, not good.

Continuing his attack, Singh said "On Una incident also, your so called love for Dalits would not have come to the fore had there not been so much agitation against the incident. In BJP ruled states these organisations going aganst Dalits have all support of the government." (PTI)Singh was at the centre of a controversy recently when a video showing him sharing stage with controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik went viral. Naik has been accused of inspiring youths to take up guns for the cause of jihad. (PTI)

Making controversial statements or remaining in the news for wrong reasons is nothing new for Congress leader Digvijay Singh. He did it once again today while referring to  Kashmir as “India occupied Kashmir”. Talking to reporters about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statements on Balochistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK), Singh said, “Modi is more worried about POK.  He congratulates and thanks Balochistan. But he is not ready to talk people of India’s Kashmir. Trust of people, whether it is India occupied Kashmir or Pakistan occupied Kashmir, can be gained only through talks.”

Hitting out at the PM, the Congress leader warned: “PM’s confrontationalist statement will only make the situation worse, not good.” However, when asked why he referred to Kashmir as “India occupied Kashmir”, Singh quickly retracted his statement. “I have said that he (Modi) is not worried about India’s Kashmir, but he has worries for PoK,” Singh said while trying to clarify. Later he went on to add that “Kashmir is an integral part of India.” Congress spokesperson RS Sujewala also said that Singh’s statement should not be made an issue. “J&K is part of India, will always be. Digvijaya Singh corrected what he said, shouldnt be made an issue,” ANI quoted Surjewala as saying.

Singh was at the centre of a controversy recently when a video showing him sharing stage with controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik went viral. Naik has been accused of inspiring youths to take up guns for the cause of jihad.

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PM Modi has changed the India-Pakistan discourse by talking about the suffering meted out to people of Balochistan and those living in the PoK region by India’s neighbour. In an all party meet, Modi had said that Pakistan would have to answer to the world about the atrocities carried out by its armed forces in both regions. He had even suggested that people who have fled from both the regions should be contacted and talked about the atrocities carried out on them by Pakistan.

Modi’s statement on Balochistan and PoK has however not gone down well with several Congress leaders as they have claimed it would take the focus away from ongoing unrest in Kashmir.

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