Reacting to Congress representatives’ meeting with United Kingdom’s Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn regarding the Kashmir issue, BJP’s Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Rakesh Sinha alleged that the party was accomplishing the agenda of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Maintaining that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was normal, he opined that there was a unanimous view in India regarding the handling of the J&K situation. Furthermore, he alleged that Congress had taken a departure from its nationalist position by appealing to a third party on the foreign soil.
He said, “Congress party is fulfilling and accomplishing the agenda of Imran Khan. Where Imran Khan was not successful, the Congress party is trying to make him successful. Imran Khan has been shouting that there has been a human rights violation but there is complete normalcy in Kashmir. There is no stone-pelting. There are no bullets. There is a complete normal life now. We are returning to a normal life. There is unanimity in the country that the Kashmir situation has been handled in a very thoughtful way. And the Congress party at the foreign soil, going and appealing to the third party to mediate the question of Kashmir. This is most unfortunate. This shows that the Congress party has drifted from its nationalist position and taking such a position which is going against the interest of the country.”
Sinha accused Sonia and Rahul Gandhi of being the only persons apart from the Pakistani leadership to talk about human rights violations. Stressing that J&K was a national issue, he cited the example of Bahujan Samaj Party and Aam Aadmi Party who supported the BJP’s legislation to revoke the special status of J&K. He demanded an apology from the Gandhi mother-son duo.
"I am asking Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi-where is the violation of human rights? No stone pelting, nobody has been killed for the last three months. No Army action. No BSF action. Only two people are shouting-violation of human rights. One, the galaxy of the Congress leadership, other the Pakistani leadership,” he remarked. The Rajya Sabha MP added, “Kashmir issue is not a political issue. It is a national issue. And we found that across the party lines, people supported Narendra Modi’s actions. We got thumping support from Bahujan Samaj Party, Aam Aadmi Party, and others. Even there was a split in the Congress on that question. I seek an apology from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. They are liable to answer to the people of India.”