Kapil Sibal clarifies, says PM must understand people seeks ‘Azadi from this Govt’

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Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal took to twitter to debate and respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attack on the Congress  on “Kashmir’s Azadi” statement of P Chidambaram, saying “people are seeking Azadi ( freedom) from this government”.

Giving a befitting reply to Prime Minister Modi,the former Union minister tweeted “No ‘Azadi’ for Kashmir but desire ‘Azadi’ from this government: polarisation , bigotry, love-jihad , gau rak shaks. Let’s begin in Gujarat.”

The tweet comes a day after  Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Congress  in Karnataka, accusing it of “shamelessly” taking a U-turn on Kashmir and lending its voice for “Kashmir’s azadi”.

Modi deliberately twisted the statement of Chidamaram to en cash it in the upcoming elections and to defame Congress . Modi’s remarks were in response to senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s pitch for greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir.

“All of a sudden, those who were in power till yesterday have taken a U-turn. Shamelessly, they are making a statement and are lending their voice for Kashmir’s azadi,” Modi said.

As suggested by Chidamaram last year that J&K should be accorded greater economy to defuse unrest in the Valley, the senior Congress leader reiterated “Yes…. The demand in Kashmir Valley is to respect in letter and spirit Article 370. And that means that they want greater autonomy. My interactions in Jammu and Kashmir led me to the conclusion that when they ask for azaadi (independence), most people —- I am not saying all —- (an) overwhelming majority want autonomy. Therefore, I think we should seriously examine that question and consider on what areas we can give autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir.”

Stating that granting such autonomy will be “perfectly within the Constitution of India”, he said, “Jammu and Kashmir will remain an integral part of India but it will have larger powers as promised under Article 370”.

Karnataka wants politics of development. Congress is disconnected with people’s aspirations!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 29, 2017

Hitting back at Modi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Monday that the BJP was “against the principle of democracy”.

The ideology of BJP is against the principles of democracy. Equity & social unity without disparity are the tenets of Congress @INCKarnataka
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) October 29, 2017

In a series of tweets, the CM said the BJP was “day-dreaming” that Congressmen in the state would switch sides after Gujarat elections.

@BJPKarnataka is day dreaming that many from Congress will shift their side to BJP post Gujarat elections. Who stops day dreamers!
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) October 29, 2017


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