BJP hits out at Rahul Gandhi over Kashmir remarks, says statement gave Pakistan 'handle' to target India

  • BJP leader Prakash Javadekar demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi while describing his remarks on Kashmir as 'most irresponsible politics'

  • The BJP said that Gandhi has 'insulted' the country and given Pakistan a 'handle' to target India in the United Nations

  • Gandhi has been attacking the govt over the Kashmir situation accusing the Centre of running a 'draconian administration' and unleashing 'brute force' on the people

  • Gandhi's tweets on Wednesday, attacking Pakistan and asserting that Kashmir is India's internal issue, were made due to public anger, Javadekar said

New Delhi: Hitting out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his comments on Kashmir situation, the BJP said on Wednesday he has "insulted" the country and given Pakistan a "handle" to target India in the United Nations.

 BJP hits out at Rahul Gandhi over Kashmir remarks, says statement gave Pakistan handle to target India

Rahul Gandhi was in Mumbai for the RSS defamation case a day after resigning as the Congress chief.

Senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar demanded an apology from Gandhi and the main opposition party while describing the former Congress chief's remarks, in which he had spoke about reports of violence and death of people in Kashmir, as "most irresponsible politics" the country has witnessed.

Gandhi's tweets on Wednesday, attacking Pakistan and asserting that Kashmir is India's internal issue, were made due to public anger over his earlier comments, he said.

"He has made a complete U-turn, not due to his own will but due to circumstances and public pressure," Javadekar said.

The Congress leader's allegations about violence in Kashmir were wrong, he said, adding that it was made due to that party's "vote bank" politics.

Gandhi has been attacking the government over the Kashmir situation and had said last week that the opposition and the press got a taste of the "draconian administration" and "brute force" unleashed on the people there when they tried to visit Srinagar.

However, on Wednesday, he said in a tweet Kashmir is India's internal issue and slammed Pakistan for instigating and supporting violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

Taking a dig, Javadekar asked if Gandhi's mindset has also changed due to change in his constituency.

The Congress leader represents Wayanad, a minority-dominated seat, in Lok Sabha after losing from his traditional Amethi seat.

Prodded on his comments by reporters, Javadekar said his remarks were not about the constituency but its representative.

Rahul is liked by Pak, cares little for tricolour: Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani also slammed Congress leader Gandhi, claiming he cared little for the tricolour and is liked by Pakistan.

Irani's criticism came hours after the Congress leader hit out at Islamabad for instigating violence in Jammu and Kashmir, his remarks were seen by the Opposition as a damage control exercise following reports that Pakistan had cited him in a petition to the United Nations.

"It is not for the first time that Pakistan is finding support from Rahul Gandhi,” the women and child development minister said during a visit to the constituency she wrested from the Congress leader in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

“It is a misfortune of the country that there is a leader in India who thinks less of the tricolour and values it little, and is liked more by the enemy country," she said.

Uttar Pradesh minister Keshav Prasad Maurya also criticised the former Congress president over his earlier remarks and said his own state alone was enough to take on Pakistan.

Referring to the debate in Parliament when the government decided to abrogate the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Irani said the people were “stunned” by the remarks by some Congress members when Home Minister Amit Shah spoke about one tricolour and one Constitution for the entire country.

She claimed that these voices, which followed “hints and directions” from Gandhi, reflected the Congress “mentality of dividing India”.

Reminded about the most recent remarks by Gandhi over Pakistan's role in violence in Kashmir, she said, “When you speak in Parliament, it has its own constitutional dignity.”

Irani said she wanted the Congress to realise that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are an integral part of India and the citizens there wanted development to reach every household “under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

"It would be better for the country if Rahul Gandhi does not ignite the fire of separatism," she said.
Uttar Pradesh PWD Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya alleged that Gandhi has been speaking like Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan since the revocation of J&K's special status under Article 370.

"We condemn Rahul Gandhi for the language that he is using," he said.

"It might be an exaggeration on my part to say this but UP alone is enough to take on Pakistan," Maurya said.

Updated Date: Aug 28, 2019 19:40:23 IST