Union Minster Venkaiah Naidu raps Chidambaram for Kashmir remarks
New Delhi: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday termed former home minister P Chidambaram's remarks on NDA government's Kashmir policy as 'highly shocking and irresponsible'.
New Delhi: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday termed former home minister P Chidambaram's remarks on NDA government's Kashmir policy as "highly shocking and irresponsible".
"This is not expected from a person who held post of Union Home Minister," Naidu told reporters, a day after the Congress leader, answering a question about Jammu and Kashmir, reportedly said he had a sinking feeling that Kashmir was nearly lost for India because the Centre used brute force to quell dissent there.
"He knows about the fragile situation in Kashmir. It is wrong to make such statements and is not in the best interest of the country. We condemn this statement," Naidu said.
The Information and Broadcasting Minister also asked the Congress to spell out its stand on the issue, adding that that the Chidambaram's "irresponsible statement" would come as "music" to Pakistan and embolden it further.
Jammu and Kashmir's Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh also criticised Chidambaram, saying his statement was "highly condemnable".
"He (Chidambaram) was at helm of affairs at the centre. He should not have made such statement," he said.
Five Indian Army personnel killed during counter-terrorism ops in J&K; fresh encounter erupts in Poonch
Five army personnel, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), were killed during an encounter that broke out between security forces and terrorists during an anti-insurgency operation in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch
The anti-terror agency carried out simultaneous searches in various districts in the Union Territory with the assistance of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police
This is the first visit by the home minister to the Union Territory after its special status was scrapped on 5 August 2019