No difference in Congress stand and BJP stand on the issue of J&K: Tharoor

Straight Line News Network

Indore, Oct 4: Dismissing the BJP’s allegations that Congress leaders were speaking Pakistan’s language on scrapping of Article 370, party MP Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said that they are only saying how the residents of Jammu & Kashmir should be treated.

He rejected the suggestions by the Centre that statements of the opposition party’s leaders on scrapping of special status under Article 370, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, were benefiting the neighbouring country.

Mr Tharoor said while talking to media said, “These allegations (by the BJP), that Pakistan is benefiting from our statements on the issue of Article 370, are surprising.”

“We, as an opposition party, are saying that how the citizens of a part of India (J&K) should be treated. We are not saying anything that will benefit or make Pakistan happy,” the Lok Sabha MP from Kerala said.

He further said, “Pakistan has no right to interfere in India’s internal affairs. But, as an opposition party, we have every right to say that the Government of India should follow the democratic process by taking along its people in the event of making major constitutional changes.”

The UN diplomat-turned-politician also said, “There is no difference between the Congress stand internationally with that of the Indian government on the issue of J&K. Anyway, the current BJP-led government is following the policies of the Congress on international issues.”

Talking about US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation on the Kashmir issue, the Congress leader asserted there was no role for a third party. “India does not need any third party mediation to negotiate with Pakistan. But, we cannot negotiate with Pakistan as long as the neighbouring country has a gun in one hand and a bomb in the other,” Mr Tharoor said.