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BJP should read before criticising autonomy for Kashmir: Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram comes under criticism from PM Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders for his comments ob autonomy for Kashmir.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2017 18:51 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Former Union home minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram at an interactive session on GST and demonetisation at the Bhaidas Auditorium in Mumbai on Saturday.(Shashi S Kashya/ HT Photo)

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday said the BJP should have fully read his comments on autonomy for Kashmir before criticising him.

“My answer to question on Jammu and Kashmir reported today... The BJP should read before criticising,” Chidambaram tweeted, posting a link to a news report about his remarks on Saturday at an event in Rajkote.

“The demand in the Kashmir Valley is to respect in letter and spirit Article 370. And that means that they want greater autonomy. My interactions in Jammu and Kashmir led me to the conclusion that when they ask for azadi (independence), most people - I am not saying all - (an) overwhelming majority want autonomy. Therefore, I think we should seriously examine that question and consider on what areas we can give autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir,” Chidambaram said.

While the Congress distanced itself from the comment, senior BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sharply criticised the former Union home minister, saying he was speaking the language of separatists in Kashmir and of Pakistan and that he insulted soldiers who laid down their lives in defending India’s territorial integrity.

First Published: Oct 29, 2017 18:51 IST