PM’s Kashmir policy reason behind militancy, says Rahul Gandhi

BJP hits back with charge against Nehru and Gandhis.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 13, 2017 3:12 am
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the policies pursued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had created space for militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. “Modi’s policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India,” Rahul tweeted. “Short term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively. Modi’s personal gain=India’s strategic loss + sacrifice of innocent Indian blood,” the tweet read.

The BJP reacted to the criticism by blaming the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Rahul’s great-grandfather, and the Gandhi family for all the problems in Kashmir. “If any single individual or a family is to be blamed for the Jammu and Kashmir fiasco, it is Pt Jawaharlal Nehru,” BJP leader and New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi said at a press conference in the BJP headquarters. “Instead of making allegations, he (Rahul Gandhi) should have read the history of his great-grandfather and his family…. If anybody is singularly responsible for the mess we are watching in Jammu and Kashmir, it is the Nehru family. Not only in 1947… even post that, repeatedly, if one person can be blamed, it is Nehru. And after him… the policies that the Congress followed,” Lekhi said. The BJP MP said Rahul’s comments reflected “an immature mind who doesn’t know the history of his own family”.

“The kind of language he (Rahul) has used, I do not know what personal benefit anyone can draw out of bloodshed. Maybe those who are responsible for the 1984 riots know it well,” she said.

At the Congress’s news briefing, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the BJP-led government was indecisive in dealing with militancy and had compromised national security. “The government’s failure to decisively fight and contain terrorism arises out of policy failure, lack of intent and clear direction,” he said. Sources in the Congress said the party would raise the issue vociferously in Parliament in the monsoon session. The Congress’s line of attack would be to link the attack on pilgrims with the government’s handling of Kashmir and the deteriorating situation in the Valley.

It will also harp on intelligence failure. “We want to ask the BJP government why no concrete preventive steps were taken even after a specific intelligence tip-off,” Singhvi said. “Two days before the yatra, IG (Kashmir range) Muneer Khan issued a warning to security agencies… warning of a massive attack on the pilgrims…. Why did the government not act?” he asked.

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  1. D
    Jul 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm
    Bharatiya Janata Party MLA H Raja Singh calling on the Hindu community in West Bengal to respond the way Hindus did in Gujarat in 2002. This is the real face of BJP and Modi.
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      Shafted mohammed
      Jul 13, 2017 at 9:17 am
      I felt after so many defeat this guy would do some introspection but he still continues his nonsense and self destructive behavior and is bent upon to destroy congress. It is high time expel this guy from congress party otherwise face another huge defeat at the next elections.
      1. B
        Jul 13, 2017 at 8:55 am
        I dont like Congress but where is Modi? He nowhere to be seen or heard. His silence and inaction are deafening and disappointing. he should be leading from the front.
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          Mangal Singh
          Jul 13, 2017 at 8:41 am
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            Mangal Singh
            Jul 13, 2017 at 8:39 am
            this poor boy does not know anything, but pretends to know a lot. He is unfit to be politics, he is much better than all the crooks of Indian Politics. It is better he spends his life eating pizza or pasta and have glasses margarita or sangria, instead of disturbing everyone. Better he keeps mum and not expose his stupidity.
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              Indian Abroad
              Jul 13, 2017 at 7:59 am
              God did not put brain in Rahul Gandhi. I sympathize with him. Jiske saathh uparwale ne majaak kiya uska majak nahi karna chaahiye.
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                Ramesh Nittoor
                Jul 13, 2017 at 7:46 am
                The Kashmir strategy of BJP was not thought out apriori, it is an outcome of long term vision of Mufti saheb, who had worked in Central govt earlier, and his trust in BJP after post-election negotiation required by electoral compulsion. Mr. Ram Madhav reportedly played a crucial role in this trust building. The real long term solution for Kashmir issue had been properly thought out by Nehru cabinet. The issue they faced was not lack of trust among Kashmiris but inadequate strategic capability of fledgling state to foil external geopolitical designs. The same issue has risen once again today, but India is now much better placed, and balance of forces, despite this grave Chinese setback, in favor of India. The pressuring by Mr. Gandhi to highlight the lapse in the Amarnath yatri attack could have been done gracefully. The think tank advising him perhaps have a better sense of Chinese threat, and may have inferred it is only at decibel level. The think tank may be right, or may be not.
                1. I
                  Jul 13, 2017 at 7:39 am
                  BJP government is behind this incident, its an inside job done through intelligence agency for so called strategic policy of blaming militants
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