Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his top ministerial colleagues of “exacerbating” the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the state was “sliding into total chaos” and asked the ruling PDP to join hands with the opposition to find a way to end the violence.
“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 6 weeks. “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,” he said.
Chidambaram, during whose tenure as Home Minister several confidence building measures, including reducing the presence of security forces in the Valley were initiated, surprisingly extended a welcoming hand to BJP’s coalition partner in the troubled state PDP to join forces with the opposition to find a solution to the unrest there. “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,” he said in a statement.
The Congress, however, described Chidambaram’s statement as his “personal and individual view”. “A person is free to write and speak, so long as he is expressing a personal opinion – a hope, a wish, a desire and not going against any established party opinion,” he said.