Former Indian Home Minister Says, Kashmir Sliding Into Total Chaos

New Delhi: Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is "sliding into total chaos" and that a solution to the crisis cannot be found by the state's PDP-BJP ruling alliance.

In a statement, Chidambaram said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should join hands with the opposition Congress and National Conference to resolve the crisis in the state, where curfew was clamped on Wednesday for the 40th consecutive day in the troubled Valley.

Chidambaram blamed the ruling PDP-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine for the situation in the state, where 65 people have died in clashes with security forces so far.

"I am afraid the way out of the crisis cannot be found by the present government. The Congress, National Conference and, if willing, the PDP must come together to find a solution: firstly, an immediate solution to stop the violence and, then, a path forward that will bring hope, peace and prosperity to the people of Jammu and Kashmir," Chidambaram said.

"I am concerned that situation in Jammu and Kashmir is sliding into total chaos. The PDP-BJP government is squarely responsible for the sharp deterioration in the last six weeks," he said in a statement.

"The statements of the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Defence Minister have exacerbated the crisis. Moderation in words and actions alone can retrieve the situation. The loss of lives — of protesting youth, other civilians and security forces — has devastated all of us. This must stop," he added.

Modi Pursuing ‘Personal agenda’

He’s not ready to listen from any political party: Brinda Karat

New Delhi: Communist politician from India Brinda Karat Wednesday claimed that All Parties Meeting called on Kashmir in New Delhi was a ‘flop show’ where instead of seeking suggestions from cross section of political leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to thrust his own agenda. “I don’t know what Modi is up to. He is having his own agenda on Kashmir. Instead of resolving the Kashmiri issue he is making it more complicated,” Karat said.

Brinda Karat who was elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Communist Party of India (CPI) member in 2005 said that All Parties Meeting on Kashmir was called on their demand.   

 “We were specific and clear on Kashmir problem. We emphasized that Kashmir is a political issue that needs to be resolved politically, but to our shock and surprise, Modi instead of listening to our views, came up with the Balochistan theory,” she said.

She said that: “we fail to understand what Modi has in his mind. He has his own agenda on Kashmir and is not ready to listen from any political party,” she said adding that the way Modi and his party are looking at Kashmir is very unfortunate.

Brinda Karat said that they disapprove the tactics and the manner in which Balochistan issue has been raised. “Provocative statements are not going to help us win the hearts and minds of Kashmiri people,” she said.

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