BJP says it needs no certificate from Congress on Kashmir issue

The Congress on Saturday, released a booklet with an incorrect map of the country. Page 12 of the 16-page booklet titled 'Rashtriya Suraksha par Aanch', showed the entire state labelled as "Indian Occupied Kashmir" in the context of the CPEC.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 4, 2017 10:11 pm
venkaiah naidu, jammu and kashmir map, rahul gandhi, india occupied kashmir, Shahnawaz Hussain Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. (PTI/File Photo)

The BJP on Sunday hit back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his criticism of the government’s Kashmir policy, saying it does not need a certificate from a party which described Kashmir “as being occupied by India”.

Referring to the Congress releasing a booklet in Lucknow with an incorrect map of the country, labelling the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir as “India occupied Kashmir”, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said people would never forgive the party for such a “mindset”. “Is it for this that hundreds of our brave soldiers have given up their lives over the years defending our sovereignty and territorial integrity?” he said in Hyderbad and asked if the final solution that the Congress had in mind was to give Kashmir to Pakistan.

Asserting that the government has a very strong Kashmir policy, party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said it is making a distiction and treating differently the common Kashmiris, terrorists and separatists and “this policy is bearing fruits”. The government and the security forces are on the same page and they are working to root out Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, he said in Delhi. The Congress, Hussain recalled, had even raised questions on the surgical strikes carried out by the Army across the line of control.

The BJP’s reaction came after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday blamed the Centre for mishandling the Kashmir issue. Dubbing the BJP-PDP “incompetent”, Rahul charged that the Centre was making empty reassurances about peace in the Valley.

In a major gaffe, the Congress on Saturday, released a booklet with an incorrect map of the country. Page 12 of the 16-page booklet titled ‘Rashtriya Suraksha par Aanch’, which was distributed by the Congress, showed the entire state labelled as “Indian Occupied Kashmir” in the context of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The incident occurred during a conference of the opposition party in Lucknow to highlight the shortcomings of the Narendra Modi government during its three years of rule.

“While the people of the country were celebrating three years of a new India in the making, the Congress party came out with an official publication that described India as having occupied Kashmir and thereby conceding Kashmir to Pakistan,” Naidu told reporters.

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    Panja
    Jun 5, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    These people does not know to govern that's the problem only modi the one man show
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      Kamal Pasha
      Jun 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm
      You don't need Congress, but Kashmiris don't need India.
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        Pawan Kumar
        Jun 5, 2017 at 10:50 am
        For god sake stop mud slugging and leave ego.My dear leaders be united for putting the nation on fast track.Why can't all of you accept that all parties are having wrong elements? A full granth can be written If you can't then give us the chance.
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          Rajendra Malhotra
          Jun 5, 2017 at 10:06 am
          Shocking that Congress shows J&Ks state as India _occupied Kashmir. It might be a lapse but it certainly lays bare the moindset of Congress which alongwith NC and separatists insists to talk to Pak and separatists. Congress leader Manishankar, while in Pak recently had the gall and stupidity to declafe that Kashmir problem could not be solved so long as Modi was India's PM. He is the one who had offered to open a tea stall for Modi in Congress headquarter in the run_up to 2014 elections.It is so disgusting. No doubt,Modi has almost lost patience with stan and has gone for a strong stance and _for_tat policiy. Congress must not be blind to the fact that Modi tried his level best to improve relations with Pak even shunning protocol.But Pak persists in mounting pressure on India by exporting terrorism to India and instigating kashmiris more fiercely in addition to indulging in border violations more frequently and funding separatists.Certainly not. Modi is right.We must not bend.
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            Radhakrishnan Iyer
            Jun 5, 2017 at 9:45 am
            Congress has no right to comment about BJP because they have not done anything since last 50years to solve Kashmir issue.
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              Panja
              Jun 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm
              You better go to stan and see what Congress has done in 60 years both countries got freedom on the same day there is a vast difference in development in pak and INDIA that's wat congress has done in 60 years
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              Radhakrishnan Iyer
              Jun 5, 2017 at 9:42 am
              We have defeated Pak comprehensively . Pak is no match for India in any field.
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                Pradeep
                Jun 5, 2017 at 7:51 am
                What a disaster! Their 40 counts in parliament should be reduced to 0, or even to negative. Otherwise they they make 130 crore people are shameless, mindless and make them their slaves. Enough is enough
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                  Balvir Gupta
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 6:40 am
                  FIE! FIE! FIE! -CONGRESS!!!
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