Venkaiah Naidu slams Chidambaram's Kashmir remarks; says 'only consistency in Cong is inconsistency'

Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday lashed out at the Congress over former Home Minister P Chidambaram's remarks on the Kashmir unrest and said that his remarks showed the level of inconsistency of the Congress.

Venkaiah Naidu slams Chidambarams Kashmir remarks; says only consistency in Cong is inconsistency

Union minister Venkaiah Naidu. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

"The only consistency in the Congress is its inconsistency," said Naidu in New Delhi. "The statement of the former Home Minister P Chidambaram shows the casual and reckless manner of the Congress when discussing Kashmir," he further said.

"Congress has once again displayed its insensitivity on the Kashmir issue. Its own leaders are not in consonance...One day, Kapil Sibal says something. The next day, Congress disowns it," he said. "These statements and contradictions show lack of maturity and signs of political opportunism," Naidu said, referring to how the Congress distanced itself from Chidambaram's remarks.

"Their utterances are totally out of sync with the mood of the country," Naidu further said. "Why is Congress trying to exonerate Pakistan? I appeal to these parties to be realistic and understand the sentiments of the people."

Naidu's reaction came a day after Chidambaram had blamed the PDP-BJP government for the unrest in Kashmir Valley and said the statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have "exacerbated" the crisis.

Chidambaram said he was deeply concerned over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is "sliding into total chaos".

"The PDP-BJP government is squarely responsible for the sharp deterioration in the last 6 weeks," he said in a statement.

He also said that the Congress, National Conference and PDP should form an alliance to bring about peace in Kashmir but Congress rejected that idea and said that Chidambaram's views were "personal and individual views".

"Obviously, unless any party line is announced, it is his individual view. But an individual view is not to be seen the way you are seeing it...Somebody has expressed a hope and that is his personal view," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi had said.

At the AICC briefing, he had said, "A person is free to write and speak, so long as he is expressing a personal opinion — a hope, a wish, a desire and not going against any established party opinion."

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Aug 18, 2016 13:54:33 IST

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