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Kashmir is not an internal matter of India, says Congress leader in Lok Sabha

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As the debate in Lok Sabha on abrogation of article 370 continued, the opening remarks from a Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury shocked not only the leaders in the House but also the people of the country.

The Congress leader in Lok Sabha said, “You say that it is an internal matter. But it is being monitored by the UN group since 1948, is that an internal matter? We signed the Shimla Agreement & Lahore Declaration, was that an internal matter or bilateral?”

Surprisingly, such remarks from the Congress leader came when Congress’s top leadership was present in the house. Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi sat there quietly even when their party leader went on to suggest that Kashmir is not an internal matter of India.

After the comments, Home Minister Amit Shah, who had moved the resolution to abrogate article 370 in Lok Sabha today, hit back at the Congress saying “Parliament has right to make laws for the Jammu and Kashmir and it is an integral part of India.”

“Every single time I say Jammu and Kashmir, it includes Pak-occupied Kashmir. Let there be no doubt over it.”

Further Amit Shah also asked Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury if his words are the official stand of the Congress party. And, if the Congress party wanted the United Nations (UN) to intervene in the J&K issue.

Congress Party has stated its stand on abrogation of Article 370 clearly in the House by opposing it. Many of its leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari and now Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury suggested that they don’t support the government’s move. Here is what Rahul Gandhi has also tweeted on the issue.

These statements from Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and other Congress leaders, however, are not surprising. This reflects the ideological evolution of the Congress under Rahul Gandhi, where they were accused of taking ‘fringe’ stances on issues of national interest. One of The True Picture’s earlier articles exploring the ideological evolution of the Congress party under Rahul Gandhi can be read here.

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