After being criticised heavily for meeting UK's Labour Party members and its leader Jeremy Corbyn over India's internal matter Kashmir, the Congress, on a backfoot, is attempting to do some damage control. The Indian Overseas Congress tweeted saying that a delegation from their party met Corbyn and others to condemn the stand taken by the Labour Party on Kashmir. The Labour Party had passed a resolution calling for international intervention on the Kashmir issue after the abrogation of Article 370. Congress' Anand Sharma also said that it disowns any comments on the 'India's internal issue' Kashmir which is not in line with its resolution passed on August 6, 2019.
The party's UK branch of Indian Overseas Congress tweeted dismissing reports of its members meeting Corbyn and his party to discuss Kashmir issue. This is in total contradiction of what Corbyn had claimed in his tweet. Corbyn tweeted saying that he had a productive meeting with members of Congress over 'human rights situation in Kashmir'. Meanwhile, Congress called BJP's reaction to its meeting with Labour Party members 'malicious statements to distract people'.
Our meeting with @jeremycorbyn was held to condemn the Kashmir resolution passed by his Party & to reiterate that J&K is an internal matter & outside intervention will not be accepted. @BJP4India's malicious statements are another attempt to distract people from their failures.— Indian Overseas Congress UK (@TeamIOCUK) October 10, 2019
Anand Sharma, Congress' national spokesperson, said, "This is a misrepresentation, any unauthorised statement made on behalf of the Congress party, the delegation which met, for that matter any committee or chapter of the Indian Overseas Congress has neither any mandate or any representation to speak on any matter which pertains to policies on Indian domestic issues. They are supposed to be only confined to the Indian diaspora."
Sharma added that Congress' position remains the same since its resolution on J&K on August 6 which said that Kashmir is an internal matter of India. "The INC position is firm, consistent and clear as articulated in our CWC resolution on Aug 6. Any issue pertaining to J&K are purely India's internal affairs. What the Congress party has to say is communicated officially here and no other entity, individual or body has any other authority to do so. We disown any such claim entirely," he said.
The Congress faced a huge controversy after Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted saying he had a productive meeting with members of Indian Overseas Congress on Kashmir. He also said that they discussed the issue of 'human rights' situation in Kashmir. The BJP criticised saying that discussing Kashmir with the Opposition party in UK was 'betrayal of Indian interests. Read Corbyn's tweet below.
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