With violence in Kishtwar dominating the proceedings in Rajya Sabha,the government on Monday asserted that it will not allow the repeat of 1990,when Kashmiri Pandits were forced to migrate from the Valley.
While P Chidambadaram emphatically responded,Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley warned that the situation should not slide back to the days of 1990. Chidambaram stressed,We will not allow repetition of 1990. We will not allow forced migration. We will not allow forced resettlement.
Peeved at not being allowed to enter Jammu on Sunday,Jaitley attacked Omar Abdullah and said the state of Jammu and Kashmir is not property of any one family. Union minister and Omars father Farooq Abdullah hit back by reminding Jaitley about 2002 Gujarat riots. In 2002,Gujarat,in the riots period,did not allow people to go to Ahmedabad. They didnt deploy the Army, he said,adding that Gujarat is not the property of Narendra Modi.
Chidambaram,however,defended Kashmir governments decision to not allow Jaitley to visit Kishtwar town,saying the district administration came to conclusion that it was not an appropriate time for the BJP leader to go there. Observing that it was time for restraint,he assured Jaitley and other political leaders that they would be allowed to visit once normalcy is restored.
In fact,BSP chief Mayawati even called for suspension of the state government and invoking Presidents Rule,which was not supported by any political party.
Amid fireworks,which forced three adjournments,Chidambaram responded as he ruled out any terror or external link to the violence in Jammu and Kashmir even as members in the Rajya Sabha warned that the recent events should not be treated as mere inter-community clash as the countrys sovereignty and integrity is at stake.
The Upper House saw an unscheduled discussion after Jaitley raised the Kishtwar issue and the spread of violence to other areas of Jammu. He was joined by leaders of other Opposition parties.
Reacting to the leaders,Chidambaram said: There is a challenge of infiltration. There is a challenge of terrorists. There is also challenge of undercurrent of tension between one community with another. He said the situation in Kishtwar was near normal and no untoward incident had been reported since August 9. The minister said,Overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir is tense but under control. He said sufficient Army contingents had been deployed in violence-hit areas.
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