Former Union Home Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said the appointment of an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir was a “diversionary” tactic and felt the “azadi” demand meant people want autonomy which should be seriously examined.
Chidambaram said he was worried about what was happening in the valley as there was a deep ferment there.
“The demand in Kashmir is to respect in letter and spirit the Article 370 and that means they want greater autonomy. My interactions in Jammu and Kashmir led me to the conclusion that when they ask for Azadi, overwhelming majority wants autonomy,” Chidambaram said during an interactive session here.
— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2017
The former finance minister also said the Centre should find out the areas in Jammu and Kashmir where autonomy can be given.
“I think we should seriously examine the question (of autonomy to J-K) and consider on what areas we can give autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. It’s perfectly within the Constitution of India: Jammu and Kashmir will remain an integral part of India, but it will have larger powers as promised under Article 370.”
After the comment of P Chidambaram, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Smriti Irani took to Twitter and responded to it.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) October 28, 2017
Shocking that PC bats for separatists & ‘azadi’ but then not surprising given that their leader supported ‘Bharat tere tukde honge ‘ naara!
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) October 28, 2017
Let’s see how Twitterati reacted to it.
— Saurav Shandilya PT (@molu_saurav) October 28, 2017
The conclusions and your perceptions has worsened Kashmir situation,Congress and only Congress is responsible for it and India Will not forgive your sin
— Nirmal Mehta (@nirmneel) October 28, 2017
Congress also came under fire when it released a booklet with a map of Jammu and Kashmir shown as Indian occupied Kashmir.