Congress booklet row: BJP demands Sonia's apology


The Uttar Pradesh Congress unit raked controversy after a booklet released by the party on the years of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government rule shows Kashmir as "Indian Occupied Kashmir".

While it is indeed an incident of carelessness on the part of the Congress to make such a mistake and expecially at a time when the issues of Kashmir are at an all time high, but the BJP is no less to be blamed as they have had their fair share of such goof-ups in the past.

"We apologise for this and will ensure that such a mistake is not repeated", he said.

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Pointing out that at Thursday's public rally in Telangana, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his vision for "Make in India" and manufacturing, as well as the agrarian sector that is now in deep crisis.

Targeting the BJP, Mr Maken said its website had on March 28, 2014 shown a similar map. The question arises, as today the Congress came out with a booklet, which mentions Jammu and Kashmir as India occupied Kashmir.

"The Congress's policy on Jammu and Kashmir is very clear". The booklet, which published the map was launched during a press conference addressed by senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar. The Congress party should tender an unconditional apology to the country, he said. He said that the Kashmir dispute had now become a flash point between the two nuclear neighbours. Speaking to ANI, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain reiterated how Kashmir is an integral part of India and as per an Parliament resolution, even PoK (Pak occupied Kashmir) is an integral part of India.

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On the TMC supremo meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi on several occasions, though the WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury had spoken against TMC, Singhvi said their discussions revolve around consensus on national-level politics, Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, opposing Modi, and on national policy. Is Congress speaking the language of Pakistan?

"It is condemnable", Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. "By projecting Kashmir as India-occupied Kashmir the Congress party has not only made separatists happy but also gladdened the heart of its patrons across the border".

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