Former interlocutor MM Ansari on Sunday backed Congress leader P. Chidambaram's comment on Jammu and Kashmir by saying that there is no harm in extending the demands of autonomy in the state. "This is an insult to our courageous soldiers", PM Modi said.
Reacting sharply to P Chidambaram's remarks on autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, Jaitley said that the Congress is deceiving the country, itself by encouraging separatism in the state."It is hurting India's national interest", he told ANI.
"Yesterday's statement of a Congress leader on Kashmir clearly shows how the party feels on surgical strikes and bravery of our Army", he added.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also hit out at Chidambaram and sought a clarification from Congress. Underlining that this was the land of Sardar Patel, he said, "We will not compromise with the country's unity and integrity and we will not allow it happen".
Article 370 of the Indian constitution is an article that gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Chidambaram had on Saturday said that the government's move to appoint an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir was a "diversionary tactic", adding that the Azadi demand meant people demanded autonomy and that should be seriously examined.
Mr. Chidambaram had yesterday pitched for greater autonomy for the restive Jammu and Kashmir, drawing stinging criticism from the BJP.
The Prime Minister said that he was expecting that the Congress would learn from its defeat and try to fix things, but he was witnessing "irresponsible behaviour" by the opposition party. It remains to be seen if BJP takes an aggressive line about Chidambaram's statement and how Congress reacts to it. He said, " It will remain a part of India but will have larger powers as promised under Article 370".
"Shocking that PC bats for separatists and 'azadi' but then not surprising given that their leader supported 'Bharat tere tukde honge' naara!". They will have to answer for the recent statement of their leaders on Kashmir. "I think the party should immediately clarify that", he said in Mumbai.
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