With less than a week to go before the assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Republic Media Network's Political Editor Aishwarya Kapoor on Thursday, answering on a range of issues. Responding to questions related to revocation of Article 370 and Congress' attempt to internationalise it, the defence minister said that Congress party should issue a clarification on it.
"Indian Overseas Congress delegation met the Labour party's leader in the United Kingdom. And they said that they spoke about human rights violation in Kashmir. This is a sensitive matter. Congress should give clarification on it. Why are they trying to internationalise it. Kashmir is ours, it was always ours. Congress should have condemned it but they didn't. So I wanted a clarification on what is its stance," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.
While addressing a poll rally in Haryana's Ballabhgarh, the Prime Minister slammed the Congress party for its attempt to internationalise the Kashmir issue. He said that Congress is seeking foreign help in the matter. "Today India is taking decisions that could not have been imagined earlier. Today Kashmir is on the path of development and the credit does not go to Modi but to the 130 crores citizens and voters. Some are frustrated and shocked by this decision, and are going to foreign asking for help," the PM said. The PM then challenged the Congress party to bring back Article 370 if they are voted to power.
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Congress' overseas delegation dragged the Kashmir issue to the United Kingdom and met with United Kingdom's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Moments after Corbyn tweeted about the meet, president of Congress Party in the UK confirmed the information about the meeting. Kamal Dhaliwal, UK's Congress party head and a close aide of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke to Republic TV and confirmed the meet. Corbyn in his tweet said that it was 'productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party.' He also said that there should be 'de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence and fear.'
Taking a U-turn after meeting Corbyn over Kashmir issue, the Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) said that they have opposed the Kashmir resolution of the Labour party. In a press note, the IOC has said that its representative Kamal Dhaliwal and the team expressed concern on the Kashmir resolution. The official note also added that the party has clarified that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the country rejects any intervention in the matter. The note said that concerns of Indian communities living in the UK were raised in the meeting with Corbyn. Moreover, the press note also said that the Congress party has urged Corbyn to put pressure on Pakistan to stop funding terrorist groups.