New Delhi, Aug 12: Union Minister Giriraj Singh has hit out at former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for alleged mishandling of the Kashmir issue.
Giriraj, who was speaking on the abrogation of Article 370 from the now disbanded state of Jammu and Kashmir, asserted that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) woild have been in the hands of the Indian Army, but is now with Pakistan due to Nehru's flawed policy.
Giriraj also remarked that the centre's move to abrogate Article 370 and divide Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories has wide public support in the country.
He also slammed several Congress leaders for opposing the move.
Earlier, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had remarked that the government decided to act tough on Jammu and Kashmir only because the state was a muslim majority region.
"If there was a Hindu majority in Kashmir, the BJP wouldn't have touched (article 370). Because of the Islamic majority, the BJP did it," Chidambaram said.
Meanwhile, Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been detained at separate locations after they got involved in a nasty argument over their respective roles in the rise of the BJP in the state.
Both were detained at the Hari Niwas Palace last week but officials said they could no longer be housed at the same venue.
“Both were accusing each other of getting BJP into Jammu and Kashmir. At one point, Omar shouted at Mehbooba, taunting her and the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for aligning with BJP between 2015 and 2018,” an official of the hospitality and protocol department was quoted as saying by ToI.
"Mehbooba reminded Omar that his father Farooq Abdullah had an alliance with BJP under Atal Behari Vajpayee. She told him loudly, 'You were even junior minister for external affairs in the Vajpayee government',” the official added.
The PDP chief also allegedly blamed Omar's grandfather Sheikh Abdullah for the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India in 1947.
At that time, Omar was staying on the ground floor at Hari Niwas while Mehbooba had been accommodated on the first floor.
Later, Omar was shifted to a forest department accomodation in Chesmashahi while Mehbooba remains at Hari Niwas Palace.
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