Narrating the past of Kashmir under the Congress rule and retaliating to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s allegations that hold BJP government responsible for the dwindling situation in the valley, Union Minister Arun Jaitley reiterates history in his words in the Parliament.
While debating the proclamation issued by the President under article 356 pertaining to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, Arun Jaitley allegedly clears the stand of BJP’s role in the state.
He said, “Kashmir problem didn't start in 2014. BJP had no role in Kashmir's old chapters. If you read the entire history of Kashmir, if the sovereignty of this country was ever challenged, then Jammu & Kashmir loses a point.
“There was a delay in sending security forces, the unilateral cease-fire was carried out and the announcement was made first on radio then later the Prime Minister and Home Minister of those times would know about it. The history began back then when our security forces were moving ahead to retrieve Baramulla and if the blame of this is put on Rajnath Singh, it will be a mockery of history,” he added.
Accusing Congress of the present of Kashmir, Jaitley stated how Congress party and National Conference was one party and how elections were a “joke” back then.
He said, “You put all your eggs in one basket, then you had to perform a midnight operation and at that time Congress Party and National Conference were one party, under the name of National Conference. It hung around our neck like Albert House.”
"The elections at that time were a matter of joke in Kashmir. Everybody knows how elections were conducted. Congress ruled Jammu & Kashmir using undemocratic means and the party had manipulated the election processes in the state to stay in power. Congress’ mistakes are hurting Kashmir, not the current rule of the BJP," Jaitley added.
Further elaborating on the elections of the past, lashing out at Congress party he said, “How were elections of 1957, 1962, 1967 conducted? Probably in the country's history, nobody has made such a big mockery of democracy but Congress. The first free and fair election in Kashmir was held in 1977 when Congress was not in power, it was under Morarji Desai ji."
From the politics in the history to the present stone-pelting incidences in the valley, the Finance Minister unfolded his version of the reasons behind the act
He said, “The stone-pelting incidences have reduced in Kashmir in the past 6-7 months. The period you called 'golden' was when stone-pelting began. Stone pelting started in 2008 has its own clear reason. The reason is, the strength of the country to fight terrorism was improving, be it your (Congress) government or ours.”
“Nobody can be allowed to enjoy the fruits of terrorism today, that is the global mood. So even in Hurriyat, the thought changed, and the thought became that they must undertake the role of civil disobedience. That is why in 2008 the game-plan changed, in which they imbibed mass upsurge. Every person from a school student to a college-goer should carry stones and pelt on forces and there it began.”
Repeating the role of Congress is in ‘alienating’ Kashmir that is now etched in history, he suggested that the now ‘blame-game’ must be brought to an end.
He said, “When history will decide if the perspective of Shyama Prasad Mukherji or Jawaharlal Nehru was right, then you (Congress) would be very hurt to know.”
“It would be better if we get out of the blame-game in Kashmir, and strive to bring in peace and development. If you think your (Congress) mistakes could be white-washed but that has become a part of history, every citizen of this country knows about it and you would never get out of it,” he added.