'Mehbooba's meeting with Modi on Kashmir raises more questions than answers': Congress slams PM's 'sluggish' policy

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of having "sluggish" and "directionless" policy on Jammu and Kashmir, and said that the Centre needs to take concrete measures to establish peace in the Valley.

"There is no difference of opinion that Pakistan has adopted a negative approach on Jammu and Kashmir. However, time has come that instead of putting the blame on Pakistan, we should go ahead and look for some concrete measures to establish peace and harmony in the region," Singhvi told reporters.

Looking at the present situation in the Valley, the government's policy has been sluggish and directionless and for the delicate region like Jammu and Kashmir, it is quite dangerous, he added.

While criticising the PDP-BJP dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress spokesperson said "It seems that there is no coalition government in the Valley. It seems as if there is one government in Jammu and another in Kashmir."

Mehboobas meeting with Modi on Kashmir raises more questions than answers: Congress slams PMs sluggish policy

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 7 RCR in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

"The situation in the Valley has been on the boil since the past 50 days and it has claimed 68 lives. However, if you compare these two years of BJP-led government with UPA, for last seven to eight years before BJP came to power, we had managed to maintain peace, harmony through coordination and cooperation in Jammu and Kashmir," he claimed.

Referring to Modi's "Insaniyat, Jhamooriyat and Kashmiriyat" remarks, Singhvi said the government should look for concrete measures instead of just saying these three words.

"The Valley continues to be on boil on the 50th day. However, except the home minister, no minister has gone there. PM has not taken any concrete steps and this is because there is a disconnect and discontinuance in the functioning of the coalition government," he said.

Stating that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are not on the same page on the Jammu and Kashmir issue, he added, "There is lack of coordination. All party meeting on the issue is yet to be convened."

He further slammed the Centre saying intolerance has been on the rise in the country over the last two years. "With so much intolerance rising in the country, the identity of the nation has changed in the last two years," he said.

Referring to the controversy surrounding actor-turned-politician Ramya's remarks, he said when someone says 'Pakistan is not a hell', sedition cases are being filed and they are being labelled as anti-national.

Criticising the functioning of the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress spokersperson Randeep Surjewala, meanwhile, said that the meeting between CM Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Modi on Saturday "raised more questions than answers". Speaking to ANI, Surjewala cited the present unrest in Kashmir and said that there was hope that Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Modi will take some fruitful steps.

Asserting that the whole nation wants peace in Kashmir, Surjewala said the meeting raised more questions than answers.

"Mehbooba Muftiji agreed that the PDP-BJP Government did not work according to the agenda of alliance. Why didn't Modiji and Mehboobaji do it? If they would have worked on the agenda of the alliance, then the situation would not have been like this. But, she didn't give an answer to this," he added.

Escalating his criticism on the state government, Surjewala said the present situation in Kashmir won't recover by blaming the previous UPA regime.

"You can't blame the UPA of 2008 for what has been taking place from 2014 to 2016. Stop blaming. The wounds need to be healed. Jammu and Kashmir should be brought back to normalcy. Leave politics and allegation and counter allegation. The whole nation wants the PDP-BJP government to heal the wounds," he added.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Aug 28, 2016 09:49:06 IST

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