Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged that BJP leaders unnecessarily criticise Jawaharlal Nehru when it comes to the Kashmir issue.
New Delhi: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, alleged on Wednesday that BJP leaders unjustly criticize Jawaharlal Nehru when discussing the Kashmir issue. He called for a day-long discussion specifically on India's first prime minister's role in the matter during the debate on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill.
Chowdhury challenged the government to engage in such a discussion, claiming that BJP leaders consistently label the first prime minister as "desh ke liye haanikarak (harmful for the country)." In response, Union Home Minister Amit Shah clarified that he never called Nehru "haanikarak" and emphasized the need to discuss the root cause of the Kashmir problem.
Mr. Chowdhury insisted that Congress leaders were tired of such criticisms and demanded a debate on Kashmir and Nehru. His remarks came after BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad criticized Nehru for his role in the Kashmir issue, citing Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's success with other princely states.
Chowdhury listed terror incidents during the Modi government's tenure, claiming that terrorism had increased in the Union territory. He highlighted the Pulwama attack and attributed it to the government's incompetence. He questioned whether the BJP was following Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 'Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat, Kashmiriyat' remark and called for introspection on the situation in Kashmir.
Referring to Mr. Prasad's remarks, Chowdhury mentioned a book claiming Patel tried to convince Liaquat Ali Khan in the partition Council to take Kashmir and leave Hyderabad. BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab intervened, seeking the tabling of the book and emphasizing the importance of not distorting history. Chowdhury also questioned why assembly elections were not being conducted in Jammu and Kashmir, accusing the Centre of "gerrymandering" to win elections.
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