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BJP responsible for spurt of militancy in J&K: Ghulam Nabi Azad

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New Delhi: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday more youths were joining militancy in Jammu & Kashmir as a reaction to the BJP sharing power in the state.

Azad said the Bharatiya Janata Party wanted to be in the government in sensitive areas like the northeast and Jammu & Kashmir.

In Jammu and Kashmir, they (have) succeeded. More boys are joining militancy as a reaction to BJP forming the government (in Jammu and Kashmir).

The BJP is part of the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir, which is headed by Peoples Democratic Party leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Azad accused the Modi government of creating an atmosphere not conducive to the smooth functioning of parliament.

They are the culprits but want to be martyrs. I do not think that under the present circumstances, it is congenial to transact business in parliament.

The Congress accused the central government of trying to destabilize its government in Arunachal Pradesh, against which it had protested in parliament on Thursday. (IANS)

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Government blames Pakistan for Kashmir situation, denies use of excessive force

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury also blamed the government for using excessive force

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The Indian Parliament building in New Delhi. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
  • As the monsoon session of the Parliament ensued today, it saw a lot of blame game tactics being played over the Kashmir issue
  • Opposition parties blamed the Government for using force against the commoners in Kashmir
  • Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister of Indian Government, clarified and said that the military had been instructed to use as less force as possible and blamed Pakistan for the issue

New Delhi– The Union government on Monday, July 18, blamed Pakistan for the violence in the Kashmir valley since the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and refuted the charges of use of excessive force on protesting civilians.

A short duration discussion on the issue in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the first day of the Monsoon Session, saw opposition parties blaming the government for “mishandling the situation”.

Home Minster Rajnath Singh at a rally. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
Home Minster Rajnath Singh at a rally. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

As the government was blamed for using too much force, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh insisted that, on the contrary, security forces had been asked to use maximum restraint and the least force.

Singh, as well as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, blamed Pakistan for the situation and said Islamabad has never reconciled to Jammu and Kashmir being part of India.

The Home Minister, responding to a nearly four-hour-long discussion, said he particularly instructed the chiefs of security forces, including the CRPF and BSF, to “use as little force as possible”.

While asserting that the government had sensitivity towards the people, the Home Minister said: “If someone celebrates after security force personnel are killed, will that be called humanity?”

“We will be tough on militants and have sensitivity towards the people,” he said.

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Singh clearly blamed Pakistan for the situation that has claimed several civilian lives and injured over a thousand.

“Whatever is happening is being done by Pakistan. It is called Pakistan but its actions are impure. They are interfering in our internal matters,” he said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

A similar pitch was made by Jaitley, who said: “Pakistan never reconciled to the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.”

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As Leader of Opposition in the house Ghulam Nabi Azad lashed out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), calling the party as a “misfit” for Jammu and Kashmir, Jaitley said Pakistan, and not the ruling PDP-BJP alliance, was to be blamed for the situation.

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Ghulam Nabi Azad. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

“After fighting conventional wars with India, Pakistan realised that it was impossible to defeat it through these, so it adopted the strategy of terrorism,” Jaitley said.

Azad, however, blamed the ruling PDP-BJP alliance in Kashmir for the situation.

“It took us (the Congress government) and other governments, 70 years to try and bring peace to Kashmir. We had a healing touch policy towards people but this government makes no difference between treating common people and militants,” he said.

“Government should look at people as they look at their own children..but the situation in the hospitals which are full of injured people narrate it all.”

“Everyone says Kashmir is ours, no one says Kashmiris are ours. No one says we want Kashmir with Kashmiris,” he said.

Irrespective of party affiliations, Rajya Sabha members, however, stressed upon the need to find a solution to the situation and expressed regret over the deaths of and injuries to civilians.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury also blamed the government for using excessive force.

“Our sympathy is with the youth who were killed. The number of deaths shows excessive force was used. There are many who have lost sight. Use of pellets is totally wrong. You are sending more companies, but they need doctors, heath care,” he said.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien also blamed the government for mishandling the situation.

“I think the most appropriate expression we want to use is the Union Government mishandled the situation,” he said.

Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav urged the government to find a political solution to the situation, while AIADMK member Vijila Satyanand said Kashmir was an integral part of India and government needs to instill confidence in the people.

The July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani triggered a wave of violence and clashes across the valley that has left over 40 dead. (IANS)

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Congress addresses Prez rule in Arunachal as “murder of democracy”

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New Delhi: Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan on Tuesday hit out at Narendra Modi and slammed the government for rushing into the matter to impose President’s rule in party-ruled Arunachal Pradesh, calling it a “murder of democracy and the constitution on Republic Day”.

He also blamed the government for disrespecting the Supreme Court by bypassing it when the court was hearing the matter.

The constitution and democracy have been murdered on this Republic Day. It is an effort by the government to nail federalism. The matter is sub judice and yet the speed with which the cabinet moved and the final decision has been taken is a clear indication that they have no respect for the highest court of the land,

The party had moved the Supreme Court on Monday to challenge union cabinet’s recommendation to impose President’s rule in Arunachal.

They could have waited for the matter to be settled by the judiciary yet they moved with express speed to ensure President’s rule in a sensitive state. There is no indication of past or present breakdown of law and order. These are signals of imagination manufactured to fine-tune and legitimise horse-trading that was done by a certain sitting minister.

The matter should have been handled under the spirit of the SR Bommai case yet the argument being given that the house was not summoned for six months, but the ground reality is the matter was sub judice in the high court of the state and therefore that statutory requirement was met with,” said Vadakkan, adding the attempt to remove the speaker by the deputy speaker smacks of a larger conspiracy.

“We expect justice from the highest court of the land, therefore, we would not like to add any comment on a sub judice matter,” he added.

(Inputs from IANS)

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President gives approval for central rule in Arunachal

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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday gave his approval to the cabinet recommendation to impose central rule in Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said.

It’s done,a Rashtrapati Bhawan official said this when asked if the president had given his nod to central rule following political turbulence in the Congress-ruled northeastern state.

The union cabinet had on Sunday recommended President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, inviting strong criticism from the Congress and others.

The president, who had been urged by the Congress not to approve central rule in the state, is said to have discussed the Arunachal situation with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.

Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa had on December 9 advanced the date of the convening of the assembly session.

The move was criticized by the Congress, with its leader Kapil Sibal saying the governor should not have acted on a resolution by the Bharatiya Janata Party legislators and two independents.

On January 18, the Supreme Court said it would examine whether Rajkhowa’s decision of advancing the assembly session to December 16 to take up the resolution for the removal of Speaker Nabam Rebia was valid or not.

Rebia was removed as speaker by 14 rebel Congress legislators backed by BJP legislators on December 16 at an assembly session held in a community hall in Itanagar that was presided over by the deputy speaker.

The 14 rebel Congress lawmakers were earlier disqualified by Rebia. The deputy speaker, before moving the motion removing Rebia as speaker, restored the membership of the 14 legislators.

(Inputs from IANS)

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