Congress booklet gets Jammu-Kashmir map wrong, BJP calls it shameful, seeks apology

The booklet has been printed and released by the All India Congress Committee.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: June 4, 2017 9:16 am
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A 15-PAGE booklet distributed by the Congress on Saturday during party UP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad’s visit to Lucknow included a map that mentioned a part of Kashmir as “Indian-Occupied Kashmir”, leading the BJP to allege that “Congress and Pakistan both speak the same language”.

The map was included in the booklet in reference to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Named ‘National Security Endangered.. Bravado, Rhetoric, Hyperbole Rules…!’, the booklet mentioned that the corridor is worth $54 billion and has been “built through POK/Balochistan connecting Gwadar Port in Arabian sea to China with base for Chinese submarines”.

“Does it not compromise India’s sovereignty over POK? And affects our strategic interests in Arabian sea with Chinese Naval presence,” it added. The booklet has been printed and released by the All India Congress Committee.

BJP state spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi said the act was shameful and Congress must apologise to the entire nation. “Congress must clarify whether it was with India or Pakistan on Kashmir issue… It is highly objectionable that when Indian soldiers were fighting with Pakistan sponsored militant in Kashmir, Congress was not ready to accept Kashmir as part of India…,” he added.

When contacted, Congress spokesperson Satyadev Tripathi said: “Congress has always believed that Kashmir is an integral part of India. There may be some printing mistake in the map but the text clearly talks of POK. We are highlighting failures of BJP government in the past three years and they are again trying to divert attention by raising insignificant issues.”

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    Sukumar Talpady
    Jun 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm
    Congress is Indian National Congress. They are the only Nationalists in our country. Congressmen are the only people who fought for the independence of our country. So When they say J & K which is in our hands , as "Indian Occupied Kashmir" it must be "Correct : only.It can not be Printing Mistake which could be overlooked Indian National Congress purposely kept Kashmir issue pending in spite of a chance to settle it permanently in 1971 or 1948 itself. They are such a "Nationalist" Party which "donated" Aksai Chin to China . Congress continue your policy. Whatever you , it can not " Go Wrong" .
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    T N Menon
    Jun 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm
    : indianexpress /article/cities/mumbai/rss-mouthpiece-organiser-shows-pok-as- stan-territory-govt-to-probe/
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    subhasis ghosh
    Jun 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm
    Shame on Congress for trying to brush up the matter under the carpet. They should acknowledge the mistake and apologise to the nation.
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    Umesh Kumar Dash
    Jun 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    This is expected from congress party which has has always sacrificed the interest of country to save the interest of dynasty. How long the party will continue giving upper hand to divisive forces? From independence till today for them country was never greater than dynasty. Supporting divisive forces at JNU, president of party crying for the elimination of terrorists at Batla house and Diggy cal Osamaji and supporting anti national forces and last nail they have hit themselves projecting Kashmir as part of enemy country. Just to sava dynasty, how much damage the sycophants can do to our country?
  5. S
    Jun 4, 2017 at 10:46 am
    their are not fit to be in our country as Indian but want the power to enjoy and our nation .
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    madhusudan Bangalore
    Jun 4, 2017 at 10:34 am
    Arrest Congress leaders who are responsible for working against India under NSA and sentenced to death.
  7. H
    Jun 4, 2017 at 9:51 am
    Great ... Showing J&K as India Occupied Kashmir is an insignificant issue. What else can you expect from a party that created Kashmir problem in first place (1948) and fueled the insurgency through its thoughtless, mindless pursuit for power (1989).....
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