New Delhi: Congress and JD (U) on Sunday sought to pick holes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio address, asking why the government has not been able to lift curfew in Kashmir yet if only 5 per cent of the people are involved in creating trouble.
“If PM believes that only 5 per cent of people are creating trouble then why central and state governments are not able to contain it? Why curfew for 51 days?” Congress leader Manish Tewari asked on Twitter.
He also asked Modi to hear “Mann ki Baat of Kashmiri people rather than one way monologue.”
Speaking on the unrest in the Valley in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi said, “From the interactions I had with all parties on Kashmir, one thing emerged from those, which can be put in simple words as ‘Ekta’ and ‘Mamata’. These two things were the basic mantra.”
“Why normal life paralysed? Why internet services disrupted? PM must hear Mann Ki Baat of Kashmiri people rather than one way monologue!” Tewari said.
On the Kashmir issue, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the people of the country want lasting peace in Kashmir but the statement of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti does not prove so.
“The people in India want lasting peace in Kashmir. That peace will come from healing, re-initiating development process. That peace will come from bringing back those who have gone away from national mainstream,” Surjewala said.
“The peace will come with engagement with every section. If Modiji is doing it, I do not think so. Is Mehbooba Mufti wanting to do so, her statement does not prove so,” he said.
Janata Dal (United) leader K C Tyagi said, “Every political party supports PM, if any initiative is taken. He tried to normalise the relationship with Pakistan. Tell me the name of one political party that opposed him. He has not done anything…to ensure peace in Kashmir.”