In a scathing attack at the Congress party and others trying to interfere on Kashmir issue, Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday reiterated PM Modi's stance maintaining that Kashmir is India's internal matter. While addressing a poll rally in Maharashtra, the Home Minister slammed Congress' overseas delegation-led by UK unit chief Kamal Dhaliwal for dragging the Kashmir issue to UK Labor party leaders accompanied by Jeremy Corbyn, who is the leader of Opposition in UK Parliament. Speaking at the rally, Amit Shah asserted that be it US President Donald Trump or any other leader, PM Modi has time-and-again clarified that Kashmir is an internal matter of India and interference will not be accepted from anyone.
"In all these years our stand has been that we don't want interference of any other country on Kashmir issue. Be it the US President or anyone else, Modi ji said in clear words that Kashmir is our internal matter, don't interfere in it," the Home Minister said.
Furthermore, he went on to raise questions at former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to clear his party's stand on Jammu and Kashmir after his close aide Kamal Dhaliwal raked Kashmir issue to leader of the UK Labour Party.
"Kamal Dhaliwal, close to Rahul Gandhi, met Jeremy Corbyn (UK Labour Party leader), clicked a picture and said situation not normal in Kashmir. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi, what does your party want to do by discussing matters of the country with foreign leaders? I want to tell Rahul Gandhi to clear his party's stand on Kashmir," Amit Shah added.
The Home Minister's remarks have come a day after Congress' overseas delegation raised the Kashmir issue to the United Kingdom during their meeting with UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Speaking to Republic following the meeting, Kamal Dhaliwal, UK's Congress party head and a close aide of Rahul Gandhi confirmed the meeting. The Congress party has been opposing the Centre's move of abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5. Statements made by Rahul Gandhi have been quoted by Pakistan PM Imran Khan on more than one occasions to fearmonger over Kashmir. Meanwhile, UK's opposition party leader Corbyn had said that it was 'productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party where discussions on the human rights situation in Kashmir took place.'
A very productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party where we discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 9, 2019
There must be a de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence and fear which has plagued the region for so long. pic.twitter.com/wn8DXLohJT
Taking note of the development, BJP took to Twitter slamming the Congress party. In a tweet, BJP said that it is appalling that overseas Congress delegation is raising Kashmir in the UK. Expressing its disregard, BJP said that India will give a befitting reply to the Congress for attempting to internationalise the Kashmir issue.
Appalling! @INCIndia owes it to the people of India to explain what its leaders are telling foreign leaders about India.— BJP (@BJP4India) October 10, 2019
India will give a befitting reply to Congress for these shameful shenanigans! https://t.co/Sb0MThF17A