PM Narendra Modi ‘indifferent’ towards JK people: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The Opposition leader said that PM Modi tweets about every international incident, but has been silent on Kashmir which is 'burning' for past 29 days.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published: August 7, 2016 9:03 am
modi, narendra modi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, bjp, congress, kashmir, kashmir violence, kashmir protests, kashmir unrest, kashmir issue, india news Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad talks to media at an all-party meeting ahead of the monsoon session, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

Justifying his ‘open letter’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Kashmir issue, Congress leader and the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has said taking into account the “indifference” shown by the Central Government, especially by the Prime Minister, towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir, it is hard to believe that there is a government at the Centre.

“Kashmir is burning for the past 29 days and curfew has still been clamped in several districts; no elected representative — MP, MLA, MLC or any other leader — can go anywhere; schools and offices are closed; there is only 20-25 percent attendance in settled trade; communication has been out of order; there is no law and order; 55-60 people have been killed, 7,000-8,000 civilians and security forces are injured; use of pellet guns have made hundreds of people blind; in such a situation, we don’t have a statement from the Central Government, especially from the Prime Minister. All these force a person to think whether there is a government at the Centre,” Azad told ANI on Saturday.

Stating that the Prime Minister had an opportunity to express his solidarity and sympathy with the people of Kashmir, Azad said, “We had raised the Kashmir issue in the Rajya Sabha, and thereafter, there was a whole-day discussion in the Lok Sabha as well, but the Prime Minister did not speak even a word in either Houses and neither expressed his solidarity with the people of Kashmir. It has created widespread disappointment across the nation, and especially in Jammu and Kashmir.”

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“He tweets when there is any incident in America, Africa, China or Japan, but here the crown of India is burning for the past 29 days, but the Prime Minister has said not a single word,” he added.

“There was a very good opportunity before the Prime Minister to come to Parliament and express his sympathy and made an appeal to the people of the Valley to maintain peace. If the Prime Minister cannot appeal for the peace, then what will he do,” Azad sought to know.

“Atalji was also there; he used to express his sympathy to the Kashmiri people. Besides, Congress leaders from Jawaharlal Nehru to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh always give priority to the Kashmiri people and Kashmir and apply balm on their wounds. But today, it seems that the Central Government and the Prime Minister have nothing to do with Kashmir. That is why today I am forced to write a letter to the Prime Minister,” said Azad explaining the reason behind writing the letter.

“I used to write letters to the Prime Minister otherwise too on several issues, but I wrote an open letter to him so that the world must know that the Prime Minister was sleeping, not the opposition,” he added.

Commenting on the Centre’s Kashmir policy, he said, “There is no policy on Kashmir. They called Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, threw a party for him, and also attended his birthday party, a marriage function, and had cake. What did he get from it is known to the world.”

Asserting that for the first time after Independence, the BJP is having a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, Azad said, “They have their deputy chief minister and ministers. Thus, they have dual responsibility as they are in the state as well as at the Centre, but despite this dual responsibility, they don’t have sympathy and accountability towards the people of Kashmir and the security forces.”

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  1. H
    Aug 9, 2016 at 10:34 am
    Lair of the highest order. Kashmir is burning since independence and most the time congress dominated state and national politics
    1. A
      Aug 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm
      Gulam, nabi think he is stani so he thinking is same atankbadi
      1. A
        arun dass
        Aug 7, 2016 at 7:26 am
        Gulam Nabi is a real Gulam of Congress Family Leader and stanis
        1. R
          romesh sharma
          Aug 7, 2016 at 6:15 pm
          In the absurd rhetoric of rancour he and other Congies are distinguished pracioners.How can he forget even much worse protests/riots during 2011 in Valley when more than 130 people were killed?How can he forget the killing or innocent Kashiri Pandits and sikhs by goons from Kashmir?What must be done is rightfully being done.PM has more important things to do than talking on every incident takes place in the country.Muslims in Kashmir or any where in this country are habitual to yammer and sink into drivel.
          1. K
            Aug 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm
            Instead of shedding crocodile tears, I would suggest the Gentlemen Azad and Omar Abdullaah, if they are interested in the welfare of Kashmiri people and if they agree that the State is an integral part of India, to tell their people to maintain peace and not fall prey to the machinations of wrong people. They cannot be throwing stones and all sorts of missiles at the security people and expect the force to silently suffer the agony. Time to be blunt in telling the reality and face the truth that half way measures will no more work in the State. They cannot remain a friend of the cat and at the same time be protector of milk. Krish
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