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Congress Distances From Senior Leader Chidambaram’s Remarks On J&K

PC Chidambaram
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New Delhi: Responding to the comments made by senior leader Chidambaram over the issue of Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian National Congress party clarified on Sunday that the statements made by Chidambaram were his personal views and reiterated that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.

Earlier, the former Union Home Minister made some serious comments over the issue of Jammu & Kashmir, irking the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Chidambaram opined that the appointment of an interlocutor for Jammu & Kashmir will not do any good. He added that the government should realize the 'Azadi' demand of Kashmiris, and thereby grant autonomous status to Jammu & Kashmir after due consultation.

The statements did not go well with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and netizens. "When the government is working hard to bring peace down in the Kashmir valley, anti-national parties like Congress are trying to spark out a wildfire through statements doubting the integrity of the nation. Any issue in India will be solved through the methods described in the constitution and we do not need anyone's help in this regard", Arun Jaitley said. He further demanded that the Congress party must answer on whether the opinion put forward by Chidambaram is also the viewpoint of Congress party.

On the other hand, Congress party kept to its earlier statement and repeated that the Congress party believes in democracy while adding that the statements made by Chidambaram were his personal. "Every individual in this democracy had a right to speak about his or her personal opinion. The comments made by Chidambaram were in his personal capacity and it is really unfair for the ruling government to politicize the comments. Instead of targeting the opposition, we advise the ruling government to focus more on working policies which could bring out peace in Jammu and Kashmir", the opposition party said in a statement.

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