BJP advices govt against panic reaction on Kashmir

BJP said the recent statements by PM Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram on the situation in Kashmir gave it an "uneasy feeling" and advised the government against a "panic reaction".

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 21:38 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday said the recent
statements by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister
P Chidambaram on the situation in Kashmir gave it an "uneasy
feeling" and advised the government against a "panic reaction"
like diluting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

"I get an uneasy feeling from the statements of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and the Home Minister inside and
outside Parliament that the government is about to take some
decision as a panic reaction on Kashmir as the situation is
going out of control," Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha
Arun Jaitley said.

He stated that the government had not informed Parliament
about the steps it was going to take to deal with the law and
order situation in Kashmir.

"Our advice to the government is do not take any decision
as a panic reaction... Even if the government is thinking of
diluting the AFSPA - and I suspect it is thinking on these
lines - it should not do so as security forces posted there
(in Kashmir) would be affected," Jaitley said.

BJP has often spoken against any attempt to dilute AFSPA,
arguing that this would demoralise the armed forces who it
claims are already fighting "with one arm tied behind their
back" as they have to exercise caution while dealing with
stone-pelters and rioters.

The principal opposition took credit for strongly opposing
during the recent Parliament debate the view among some
political parties that granting "autonomy" to the trouble-torn
state could be a solution.

BJP was isolated in its stand as other opposition parties
did not join it on this issue.

The right wing party had also expressed its dismay over
the Home Minister not replying to the debate on the issue in
Lok Sabha.

PTI