Government must consider areas to give autonomy to J&K: P. Chidambaram

"The opinion of an individual is not necessarily the opinion of the Indian National Congress".

"Why are Congress leaders lending their voice to those who want Azadi in Kashmir?"

Former union finance minister P. Chidambaram, while addressing the mediapersons in Rajkot on Saturday, expressed his views on the raging "Kashmir issue" and stated that the government must consider areas to give autonomy to J&K.

A day after former home minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram backed greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a blistering attack on the grand old party and said such remarks are an insult to the fearless soldiers of the country. "Those who criticise must read the whole answer and tell me which word in the answer was wrong".

"This is an insult to our courageous soldiers", PM Modi said at a public meeting in Karnataka capital Bengaluru, linking Mr Chidambaram's remarks to the party's response to last year's surgical strikes at terrorist camps across the line of control in Pakistan".

The prime minister linked Chidambaram's comment on autonomy to the Congress raising questions about the surgical strike.

Meanwhile, Congress sought to distance itself from the remarks of Mr. Chidambaram on Jammu and Kashmir.

PM Modi also targeted the Congress over alleged lies made by the party members on the standoff between India and China in Doklam.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed the Congress party over the remarks of its senior leader P Chidambaram on Jammu and Kashmir. "Now I can imagine why the Congress were angry after surgical strike", Modi said. However he added that it will remain a part of India but will have larger powers as promised under Article 370. "We pointed out that these were cross-border actions and such actions had been done in the past too, as admitted by the Army Chief", he said.

  • Rogelio Becker