Kashmir & economy take lion’s share of Congress time
The crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting convened by party president Sonia Gandhi here on Tuesday was aimed at discussing the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential elections and also to set a calendar for the mandatory organisational polls. Instead, the leaders took most of the time to highlight the “deteriorating” law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the “sliding” economy that they believe has hit the poor and the middle class in the country.
In her inaugural address, Gandhi took the lead by launching a blistering attack on the government for the “insensitive handling of Kashmir situation.” Other leaders such as Dr Karan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram also spoke on the J&K situation at length. Former home minister P Chidambaram said the Centre and the state government, which were both led by the BJP, were systematically alienating and antagonising the local population, especially the youth.
Azad said that Kashmir represents the “colossal failure” of the Modi government.
Dr Karan Singh claimed that there was a relative calm in Kashmir before the PDP-BJP government took over, but now there is a growing confrontation.
It was decided that Kashmir was too important an issue for the party members to speak in different …read more