Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reiterated on Friday that the Narendra Modi government’s policies are “burning” Jammu and Kashmir. He said no third party intervention was required to resolve India’s internal matters.
“India is Kashmir and Kashmir is India,” Gandhi told reporters. “It is being said there should be a discussion on Kashmir with China and Pakistan, but this is our internal matter… our internal business and no one should interfere in it,” he said.
Responding to China’s proposal of playing a constructive role in resolving Kashmir issue, India had earlier said its stance of resolving all matters bilaterally with Pakistan has not changed. Kashmir is on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. This year, on July 10, terrorists attacked a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims, killing seven.
“I have been saying this for a long time that Modi’s and the NDA’s policies are burning Jammu and Kashmir,” the Congress vice president said.
The key opposition party was hard on the PDP-BJP coalition government over the deteriorating situation in the Valley as well. Earlier, party president Sonia Gandhi also took an aggressive stand against the government.
“Where there was harmony, there is discord. Where there was tolerance, there is the provocation. Where there was relative calm, as in Kashmir, there is growing confrontation, tension, and fear,” she had said.