Congress warns Modi govt. over Kashmir

The Congress today warned the Modi government to not “embark upon any misadventure” in Kashmir amidst swirling rumours that the Centre was planning “something big” in the state.

“Let us wait and see what they (the Centre) are doing. But it is clear to me that they are preparing for some misadventure. I would warn them not to embark upon any misadventure,” Congress leader and former Home Minister P Chidambaram said at a press conference at the party headquarters.

His response came on a question of whether the Centre is planning to take any decision on Article 35A, delimitation of constituencies or trifurcation of the state as was being speculated.

Chidambaram was accompanied by former state chief minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni and Dr Karan Singh.

Without going into what the government may be planning, he said, “I do not wish to anticipate what misadventure the government would embark upon. But those covering the Home Ministry know that in the last 24-48 hours the ministry is deep preparing for some misadventure. I cannot say which of the misadventures the government is preparing for.”

He said all the mentioned issues – Article 35 A, delimitation of constituencies or trifurcation of the state – are fraught with “very serious legal and political consequences”.

“The government thinks it can push through this or that very lightly by some legal manoeuvre. This government’s understanding of the Constitution is very wrong. Some of the features fo the Constitution are basic to that state. You can make that provision but cannot unmake,” he stated.

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