Rahul Gandhi Says Kashmir Problem Will Continue Under President’s Rule

Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: Congress
Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: Congress

BJP’s decision to withdraw from its alliance with PDP comes just a few days after the release of UN Human Rights report on Kashmir that has called for an international inquiry into the human rights violations in Kashmir.

By Rakesh Raman

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said today that the turmoil in troubled Kashmir will persist even as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ended its alliance with the local group Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Rahul Gandhi stated that the opportunistic BJP-PDP alliance set Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to fire, killing many innocent people including brave Indian soldiers.

He added that BJP-PDP rule cost India strategically and destroyed years of hard work that Congress put along with its allies. “The damage will continue under President’s rule. Incompetence, arrogance, and hatred always fails,” the Congress president stated.

Earlier today, BJP had announced its decision to withdraw from its alliance with PDP headed by Mehbooba Mufti.

While explaining the reasons for the withdrawal, Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of BJP, said that terrorism, violence and radicalization have risen and fundamental rights of the citizens are under danger in the Kashmir valley.

Kashmir has always been a conflict area between India and Pakistan since 1947 when both these countries got freedom from the British rule. In order to stake their claims over Kashmir, India and Pakistan have fought two bloody wars in 1965 and 1971, besides incessant skirmishes between the rival armies.

Pakistan is leaving no stone unturned to internationalize the burning Kashmir issue as local Kashmiris are facing the wrath of Indian security forces.

BJP’s decision to withdraw from its alliance with PDP comes just a few days after the release of UN Human Rights report on Kashmir that has called for an international inquiry into the increasing human rights violations in Kashmir.

The report said that there is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives.

“Restoring peace in Kashmir and encouraging fast development in Jammu and Kashmir were the objectives that we joined with PDP,” Madhav said indicating that these objectives are not met.

He also added that Modi government has done a lot for the state’s development, but PDP failed to control the situation.

Recently, he said, BJP had appointed an interlocutor for the state to talk with all the stakeholders so that the deteriorating situation in the state could come under control. But since the situation in Kashmir valley continues to be bad, BJP has decided to hand over the governance to the governor of J&K.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

Photo courtesy: Congress

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