Kashmir is India’s strength, Govt making it a weakness: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said: "Arun Jaitley brushed me aside and said Kashmir is peaceful. GoI and PM are completely mishandling Kashmir. They're creating a problem for this country by their incompetence and by trying to utilise Kashmir as a political asset."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 4, 2017 1:43 pm
Rahul Gandhi, Telangana, Telangana farmers' suicide, Telangana unemployment, india news Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. (File photo)

Blaming the Centre for “mishandling” the Kashmir situation, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that Defence Minister Arun Jaitley brushed aside his concerns saying the region is peaceful.

“Around six, seven months ago, Mr. Arun Jaitley came to see me and I told him that they are mishandling Kashmir and they are going to set Kashmir on fire. And Jaitley brushed me aside and said that Kashmir is peaceful,” Rahul told the media in Chennai.

Rahul accused the Modi-led government of treating the Valley as a “political asset”.

“They’re creating a problem for this country by their incompetence and by trying to utilize Kashmir as a political asset. Kashmir is India’s strength and they are making it India’s weakness,” he added.

Rahul’s remarks comes a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre has a “concrete strategy” for a “permanent solution” in the Valley though “it may take some time”. He said the government is open to talks and will take people of the state and political parties into confidence before resolving the issue.

“I have said this with utmost responsibility, after much thinking and deliberation. We have some plans and are working in this direction and will find a solid solution in future. It may take some time,” Singh told reporters while listing the achievements of his ministry in the three years of the NDA government.

On the possibility of initiating dialogue with Kashmiri separatists, Singh said he has been advocating talks with all concerned ever since he took charge as Home Minister.

“From the beginning, I have been saying that we are ready for talks. Whoever comes forward for talks, we will talk. We are open to talks to find a solution to the Kashmir issue. All problems can be resolved only through dialogue,” he said.

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    Chandu Shah
    Jun 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    Everything said about this motormouth and his ancestors is absolutely correct. They have done nothing but ruined the great nation of India. Nehru ruled the country for his personal gratification. Don't the congi chamchas know that?
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      madhusudan Bangalore
      Jun 4, 2017 at 9:19 pm
      What improvement made by Congress govt in last 70 years? Rahul should study past history of Congress and explain the achievement & contribution made for elevation of poverty, unemployment and backwardness by Congress party. Rahul should not fool people but come out with facts & figures. Rahul hi is immature, inexperienced and liability for Congress party who is responsible for defeat of party in different states. He should immediately be expelled from party otherwise the future of rest of other Congress leaders will be sealed as only few states are left for the party. Karnataka is in queue which will be ousted in coming embly elections due in 2018 due to massive corruption and worst governance in last 70 years. Rahul is also responsible for humiliating defeat of Akhilesh party in UP. Similar will be fate of all other parties in future who will align with Congress in future.
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        Raj Pan
        Jun 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm
        RG do you know what you speaking . Please go read history of Nehur and then talk about all this . Dont become laughing piece for public. Through out your chamacha then you can do better
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          Hindu Enemy CONgress
          Jun 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm
          Bulle ka Baal rahul. C h u t ki rani Soniya
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            Sankaran Krishnan
            Jun 4, 2017 at 6:45 pm
            If you competent enough can Rahul answer the query ??? What the Congress, NC had done so fat right from Independence days and most of the time it was ruled by the Congress at the Centre and at the States Congress and NC including Ghulam Nabi Azad who do not able to draw the correct Indian Map of Kashmir and shows his stupidity in the drawing as Indian Occupied Kashmir and releases the Book shows how much importance the so called Congres and NC parties had given to Kashmir Issue , Okay what the Rahul was doing when UPA was in power between 2004 -14 instead of sorting out the issues Will you Mr. Rahul ????
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              Bala Kamath
              Jun 4, 2017 at 6:38 pm
              Great !Rahul. Your great g father created this problem, your g mom and father continued to do dilly dallying for political purposes, even today your partymen headed by Mani Aiyer and Diggy Babu are stirring it. Please, for god's sake stop this rant. Heard you are going to be elevated to the President of Congress. I welcome thus because you will hasten it's demise. The corrupt, useless party will be extinct. Don't expect more miracles, Rahul. Take my good advise and get out.
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                Jun 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm
                If only Mr. Rahul hi had learned about his own family history he would have known that it was his g father who was the creator of the Kashmir crisis that this country is still trying to resolve. My only advice to Mr. Rahul hi would be is to keep his nose out of Kashmir and letting the current government in Delhi to resolve it once and for all effectively.
                1. ಮನೋಜ್
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm
                  Rahul made a point a valid one. I'm wil to give benefit of doubt to current governmet, even if ground situation degenerate a bit more, but all according to solid plan to improve the situation in J&K. Hope government solves this vexing issue in a different manner, unlike previous governments, including congress as well non-congress, who could barely put a lid but no permanent solution.
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