New Delhi: Critical of the government’s handling of Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress on Wednesday demanded that it take the nation into confidence and spell out the steps being taken to bring normalcy in the state.
Rejecting the government’s claim that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had improved, the party’s senior spokespersons, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram, said in a statement that casualties had been reported from the state everyday since July 10.
“The Congress repudiates the Government’s claim and calls upon the Government to take the nation into confidence and disclose what it is doing to bring about normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir,” the two leaders said in the joint statement.
Eight pilgrims, six jawans and a child had been killed in July in the state, besides many incidents of clashes between civilians and security forces injuring numerous persons, they pointed out.
“Yet the Government claims that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved. Such a claim defies belief and common sense.
“The statement made by the Government yesterday is wrong, misleading and clearly at variance with the situation on the ground,” Azad and Chidambaram said.
The leaders were referring to Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir’s reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha on the situation in the state. PTI