Adhir Ranjan said that ‘J-K issue is being monitored by the UN since 1948.’ (Image Credit: ANI)
Congress leader and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is reportedly miffed over Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s remark on Kashmir that ‘it is being monitored by UN since 1948.’ While cornering the Modi government during the debate on abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha said that ‘it is being monitored by the UN since 1948.’
Sonia Gandhi has reportedly conveyed her unhappiness over the remark to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. She even looked amused when Chaudhary made this remark and was seen looking towards Rahul Gandhi as if she wanted to know "what's going on, what is he saying?"
"You say that it is an internal matter. But it is being monitored since 1948 by the UN. Is that an internal matter? We signed the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration. Was that an internal matter or bilateral," Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary had said.
Strongly reacting to it, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin are part of Jammu and Kashmir and that Kashmir Valley is an integral part of the country.
"Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt over it. When I talk about Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Aksai Chin are included in it," he said.
Dismissing opposition's charge that introduction of the bill and the resolution were a violation of the rights of the people, Shah said nobody can stop him from introducing a resolution on Kashmir in Parliament.
The home minister also said the UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have an assembly with a chief minister and MLAs.
The government on Monday revoked some provisions of the Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status, and proposed bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement.
Fulfilling an electoral promise of the BJP less than 90 days after the Modi 2.0 government took power, Shah had announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, which approved both the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill.