Gandhi family responsible for problems in Kashmir: Indian minister

Party spokesperson says if one person is responsible for what is happening in Kashmir, it is Jawaharlal Nehru

News Desk July 13, 2017
Party spokesperson says if one person was responsible for what is happening in Kashmir, it is Jawaharlal Nehru. PHOTO COURTESY: NDTV

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling party, Bhartya Janata Party (BJP), on Wednesday hit out at Rahul Gandhi for attacking Narendra Modi, hours after the Congress vice president said the Indian PM’s policies had created space for ‘terrorists’ in Kashmir.

According to an NDTV report, union minister Smriti Irani said the challenges around Kashmir were a legacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

"After his return from vacation, Rahul attacks Modi, and not terrorists. I want to ask when Mani Shankar Aiyar [Congress leader] sought Pakistan's help in removing Modi from power and bring in the Congress, was it Rahul's personal agenda or political agenda?" she asked.

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BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, at a press conference, also asked the Congress vice president to read the history of his family, saying that they were responsible for problems in Kashmir.

She also raked up the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to attack Rahul Gandhi over his accusation of "personal gain" at Modi, and said only those behind such riots would consider drawing "personal gain from the blood of innocents".

If one person was responsible for what was happening in Kashmir, it was Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister, the Lok Sabha MP from New Delhi claimed.

"Modi's policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India. Short-term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively," Rahul had said in a series of tweets.

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