NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the Narendra Modi government over the unrest in Kashmir, saying the recent events there pose a “grave danger” to the country.
She said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government had done tremendous amount of good work in the Valley but that was “no longer the case”.
“Recent events in the Valley are tragic and pose a grave danger to the country. There can be no compromise on national security. Militants must be dealt with firmly. Yet we must ask ourselves, what has driven scores of young people to such levels of violence,” she said addressing the first meeting of Congress Parliamentary Party in the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament.
“Can we say in all honesty that we have responded with sincerity to their pleas?,” Gandhi asked. Meanwhile the Modi government and PDP-BJP dispensation of Jammu and Kashmir came under attack in the Lok Sabha over the unrest in the Valley, with opposition alleging their failure to address the situation and pressing for a political solution.
As the House took up a discussion on the ongoing trouble in Kashmir, various parties demanded sending an all-party delegation to the Valley even as Anurag Thakur, speaking on behalf of the ruling BJP, said every political party should come together and help in dealing with such situations.
Initiating the debate, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said over the last two years, since the BJP government came to power at the Centre, the situation in the Valley has “deteriorated” and has become “disappointing”.
Alleging failure on part of the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government, he said, “The work done by our government in the last 10 years was undone by this government. They see everything from the rear mirror. BJP-PDP has shunned all principles…we have to heal the wounds with humanity.”
The government is claiming that it is moving in every sector but reality is different.
“This government has miserably failed to restore peace in the valley. There is an environment of insecurity and fear ….44 people have died and 3140, half of them security personnel, are wounded and this government puts the onus on the state….I would like to ask questions. How many more deaths will happen? When they will get up from sleep,” he said.
Scindia said the people of Kashmir are facing huge problems as there is curfew since the last 12 days. “What was the reason? Why no one from the central government visited Kashmir to review the situation…
Infiltration is happening and our Defence Minister is distributing LED bulbs in Goa,” he said. .