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BJP seeks Sonia, Rahul’s replies on Digvijaya’s ‘Art 370 rethink’ remark

Sunday, 13 June 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

Amid the controversy over the Congress “Clubhouse” chat of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh, the BJP on Saturday said the Congress’ first love is Pakistan and “both share same views on Kashmir.”

The BJP demanded answers from Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi on Singh’s comment on the restoration of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir.

Union Minister Giriraj Singh said Pakistan is the first love of the Congress. In a tweet, Singh said, “The Congress’ first love is Pakistan. Singh conveyed Rahul’s message to Pakistan. The Congress will help Pakistan in grabbing Kashmir.”

Lashing out at the Congress, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the Congrees should change its name from Indian National Congress to Anti-national Congress which he alleged “not only siding with Pakistan but also with China to show India down.”

“What do Sonia and Rahul think about Digvijaya’s Clubhouse statement? Is this Congress’ stand too? We demand Rahul to hold a Press conference and clarify,” Patra said.

He alleged the Congress and Pakistan are on the same page on the Kashmir issue and Article 370.

“Today an important topic going on in TV channels is ‘Clubhouse’. We all have seen through TV channels how the veteran leader of the clubhouse — Singh is spewing venom against India outside and how he is agreeing with Pakistan’s demands. This is the same Singh, who had called the Pulwama attack just an accident, he had called the 26/11 attack a conspiracy of RSS and also tried to give clean chit to Pakistan at that time,” said Patra.

As the BJP attacked him, Singh posted a tweet in Hindi in an apparent jibe at the ruling party.

“This bunch of illiterate people cannot probably differentiate between ‘shall’ and ‘consider’,” he said.

When asked about Singh’s remarks, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said, “The Congress Party has clearly stated its position on Jammu  and Kashmir, in its resolution of August 6, 2019 of the Congress Working Committee. This is the only official stance of the party. I urge and request all senior leaders to refer to the same.”

BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya shared a clip of the  alleged Clubhouse chat of the Congress party, where  Singh is purportedly hinting at a possible return of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, when his party returns to power. In the 1-minute clip shared by Malviya, Singh tells a Pakistani journalist that the decision to revoke Article 370 was an ‘extremely sad decision,’ and that when the Congress comes to power, they will ‘certainly have to relook on this issue.” 

Another Congress leader Tariq Anwar said by abrogating Art 370 & bifurcating J&K into 2 UTs, the BJP gave Pakistant an opportunity to take this matter to international platform. “ Digvijaya Singh didn’t say about withdrawal (of Article 370), he said we’ll rethink on it. Congress’ stand is very clear and we stick to what we said in 2019,” he added.

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