New Delhi: The Opposition in the Rajya Sabha today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence on the unrest in Kashmir with the Congress saying “Hindustan ka Taj jal raha hai”(India’s crown is burning) and demanded that the Centre initiate a political process.
As curfew in Kashmir continued for an unprecedented 3Oth day, the Opposition parties also demanded stopping the use of pellet guns by security forces on protesters. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government was open to discussion on the Kashmir situation and that it can be scheduled tomorrow or on Wednesday, noting there should be no doubt about its commitment towards the state.
Raising the issue in Zero Hour after his notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the Kashmir situation was disallowed, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said no state in independent India has seen 30 days of continuous curfew that has paralysed the administration, shut down educational institutions and led to near zero attendance in government offices.
“In such circumstances, we want to awaken the government… We feel the government and the Prime Minister are watching the situation deteriorate like a silent spectator,” he said, adding he wanted to know why Modi has not spoken on the grave situation in Kashmir so far. “Hindustan ka Taj jal raha hai, par uski garmi Delhi tak nahi pahuchti (India’s crown is burning but the heat hasn’t yet reached Delhi),” Azad said.
Over 8,000 people, including security personnel, have been injured while 410 eye surgeries and 1,650 other surgeries are reported to have been conducted because of the use of pellet guns on protesters, he said. Observing that 1018 incidents have been reported, he said over 1000 youth are in prison. “Please do not consider this as a law and order issue,” Azad told the government. Citing social media comments on Modi not making any statement on the Kashmir unrest, he said people are eager to listen to his views on the situation.
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