NEW DELHI: Congress has asked senior member P Chidambaram to stick to the “party line” on Kashmir, in what appeared to be a rebuttal of his recent suggestion that the Centre extend greater autonomy to win over people in the Valley.
“We urge all leaders to stick to the party line on Kashmir,” leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said when asked about Chidambaram’s recent statement that successive governments had ignored the “grand bargain” struck before Jammu & Kashmir’s accession to India. Azad did not spell out the “party line”.
Chidambaram had made the “grand bargain” remark in an interview he gave amid protests in Kashmir over Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing. “I think we broke faith, we broke promises and as a result we have paid a heavy price,” said Chidambaram, who was part of the leadership team during UPA’s decade in power.