DAYS AFTER former Home Minister P Chidambaram said the best solution to the Kashmir issue was restoration of the “grand bargain” promised during the time of Kashmir’s accession, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday said that those who have been in the government should follow the party line.
“I would request each of our leaders that they should follow the party line and the party line will prevail. I think most of the people who have been in the government and in the party, they know the party line,” he told reporters when asked for his reaction on Chidambaram’s suggestion for granting more autonomy for Kashmir and lifting of AFSPA.
Asked what is the party line on autonomy, Azad said: “That everybody knows.”
“At this moment, I would request everybody, even the opposition and Congress party that Kashmir is facing a grave crisis… everybody should create a congenial atmosphere, not put fuel to the fire to aggravate the situation… I think everybody including the media should withhold their views,” he said.
Last week, Chidambaram had said the best solution was that New Delhi should give an assurance to the people of Kashmir that the “grand bargain” promised during the time of Kashmir’s accession “will be honoured fully”.
On Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh’s suggestion that the Government of India must allow freedom of action to the Army, Azad said: “Army has all the powers… We have not lifted AFSPA… Nobody has taken their powers. Taking that law is totally different and blinding the youth is totally different,” he said.
Azad slammed the CRPF Director General for stating that the force would continue using pellet guns. “The moment the Home Minister left the Valley, the first statement of the Director General of CRPF was that they will continue using pellet guns. That means the direction from the central government was clear… otherwise he could not have given the statement,” he said.