BJP creates ‘poisonous atmosphere’ in India through ‘The Kashmir Files’: NCP leader Sharad Pawar
New Delhi: Amid the ongoing political debate over ‘
“Such a film should not have been allowed to be screened. But it has tax advantages and those responsible for keeping the country together encourage people to watch the film which stirs up people’s anger,” said Pawar.
He was addressing a convention of the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Delhi Unit Minorities Department.
Speaking at the event, the former Maharashtra chief minister said it is true that Kashmiri Pandits had to leave the valley but Muslims were also targeted in the same way. “Terrorist groups based in Pakistan are responsible for attacks on Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims,” he said.
The NCP leader further targeted the center run by Narendra Modi and said if he really cares about the Kashmiri pundits then he should do all he can for their rehabilitation and not stir up anger in their minds over the minorities.
Pawar also denounced the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for dragging Jawaharlal Nehru into the debate and pointed out that Kashmiri Pandits had to leave the valley when Vishwanath Pratap Singh was Prime Minister.
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The former Union Minister noted that the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, resigned over disputes with Jagmohan and added that it was the Governor who facilitated the departure of the Kashmiri Pandits from the valley.
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(With PTI entries)