In retaliation to former Union Minister Chidambaram's communal claim over the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, BJP's Subramanian Swamy accused the Congress party of being under the 'influence' of Pakistan.
In an interaction with Republic TV, the BJP leader claimed that the Congress party was silent when Kashmiri Pandits were 'driven out' of the valley, and that they are making statements on the 'directions' of Pakistan.
He said, "What we have done is with the Constitution of India on an Article which was stated to be temporary and an assurance was given in the Constituent Assembly that as soon as the work of Mr. Nehru in UN Security Council is over this Article would disappear and Mr. Nehru made a mess of it in the UN Security Council, and Pakistan did not implement the directions of the UN Security Council so it was a dead letter. There was no UN matter left. Second, when 5 lac Kashmiri Pandits were driven out, I didn't see anybody from the Congress party speaking in on this, and in fact, Congress had been in power later but did nothing about it."
"It seems like the statement given by Chidambaram is the indication of the influence of Pakistan on the Congress party and on the directions of the Pakistanis, who are now in a desperate situation, they made this comment. Now this will be picked up and spread across the world as a statement by the Congress party view. But the country should know what degradation has come to the Congress party. They claim to be the party that has led the country to freedom, but now they are ready to be slaves of enemy countries."
Former union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday lambasted the BJP for the abrogation of Article 370, saying the saffron party would not have "snatched away" the special status had Jammu and Kashmir been a Hindu-dominated state. Alleging that BJP revoked the Article with its "muscle power", he said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was unstable and that international news agencies were covering the unrest, however Indian news media was not.
"...They (BJP) claim Kashmir is stable. Is it? Does it mean stable if Indian media houses don't cover the unrest in J&K?" He also took potshots at seven regional parties ruling in seven states, saying they did not cooperate against the BJP's move in the Rajya Sabha out of "fear". Expressing dissatisfaction over non-cooperation of opposition parties, Chidambaram said, "I know we do not have a majority in Lok Sabha, but had the seven parties (AIADMK, YSRCP, TRS, BJD, AAP, TMC, JDU) cooperated, the opposition would have been in majority in RS. This is something disappointing," he said.
The government issued a statement, saying the DGP and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam have requested people not to believe fabricated and motivated news regarding incidents of firing in the Valley. It said no firing incident has taken place in Kashmir in the past six days, adding the situation is calm and people are cooperative and restrictions are being relaxed to ease the situation.