Chidambaram makes controversial statements on BJP on 'Article 370 revocation'
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said that BJP used muscle power to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as the region is dominated by Muslims. BJP wouldn't have snatched away the state's special status if it had a Hindu majority, he added. Chidambaram further said that Kashmir situation is unstable but Indian media houses aren't covering it.
He said that the regional parties in the Rajya Sabha did not cooperate against the BJP's move to revoke Article 370 out of fear. "Had the parties cooperated, the Opposition would have been in majority in RS. This is. disappointing," Chidambaram said. The Congress leader added that the TMC staged a walkout but it had no difference.
Various opposition parties like the Congress, Samajwadi Party TMC, DMK, NCP, RJD, CPI, CPI-M and RJD raised protests in the Rajya Sabha while opposing the Modi government's resolution to scrap Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two UTs but all their efforts went in vain.
Condemning the BJP’s move, Chidambaram said that around 10,000 people protested in Soura in Jammu and Kashmir is a truth. “Police action took place is truth and shootings happened during the stir is a truth,” he added.
He also hit back at the BJP leaders for blaming former PM Jawaharlal Nehru for the Kashmir conflict. He emphasised that there was never a conflict between Nehru and former Home Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel.