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Modi govt’s J-K policy has created space for Pakistan to misbehave with India: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress vice president attacked PM Narendra Modi over Jammu and Kashmir, saying his government’s policy had emboldened Pakistan and undid the UPA’s work from the previous 10 years.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2017 18:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi (centre) at the opening of the subsidised eatery ‘Indira Canteen’, named after the late Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, in Bengaluru on August 16, 2017.(AFP Photo)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday flayed the Jammu and Kashmir policy of the Narendra Modi-led government, alleging that it has created space for Pakistan to “misbehave”.

His attack on the ruling National Democratic Alliance at a Congress rally in Bengaluru comes a day after Modi, in his Independence Day address, reached out to Kashmiris saying abuses and bullets would not resolve their problems but embracing them would.

“He (Modi) has created an environment in Jammu and Kashmir ofhatred and anger, and the only people who benefit from violence and hatred are the Pakistanis,” he said.

Claiming that he worked on the J-K issue with Manmohan Singh when he was prime minister, and leaders like P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh silently without any “drama or tamasha”, he said their effort of 10 years was “destroyed by Modi in one month”.

Gandhi said that the Congress-led coalition in 2004 inherited a government from Atal Bihari Vajpayee under which Kashmir was “burning”, and one of the biggest successes of the Manmohan Singh government was creating an environment of peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We worked for 10 years to bring peace in Kashmir. We did panchayat elections, we did work on employment, we connected thousands of women there to banks. The reason was wewanted peace and harmony in Kashmir,” he said.

“We wanted to embrace the people of Jammu and Kashmir andwe wanted them to embrace us. We wanted peace there, also because when there is peace, Pakistan can do nothing in Jammu and Kashmir... The space for Pakistan to do mischief there closes,” he said.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge, state Congress in-charge KC Venugopal and PCC president G Parameshwara, among others, werepresent at the event.

Stressing that a peaceful Jammu and Kashmir was a “worst thing” for Pakistan, Gandhi said, “I’m telling you this because Mr Narendra Modi’s policy has created a space in Jammu and Kashmir for Pakistanis to misbehave,” he added.

Hitting out at the Modi government’s foreign policy, Gandhi accused the prime minister of alienating India’s neighbours and also Russia.

“Narendra Modi has not stopped there. When we were in the government, all neighbouring countries, other than Pakistan and China, were favourable to us... One by one Narendra Modi has alienated them,” he alleged.

“For the first time in our history, Russia is selling weapons to Pakistan,” he said.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 18:10 IST