Jitendra Singh hits out at Chidambaram

Srinagar: Hitting out at senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for his comment on Kashmir, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the present situation in the Valley was due to the acts of omission and commission by his party(Congress) while in power at the Centre and in the state. Former Home Minister Chidambaram had on Saturday pitched for greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, drawing sever criticism from the BJP.
“The kind of situation faced in Kashmir today is due to the acts of omission and commission by Congress while in power at the Centre and in the state for 50 of the 70 years of Independence,” Singh, who is the Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), told reporters on the sidelines of the executive committee meeting of the state unit of BJP.
Singh further said that he does not think the nation gives a former home minister the privilege to deliver sermons on his own acts of omission and commission.
The Union Minister said his party, for the first time, was following an approach on Kashmir which is based on consistency, conviction and clarity.
“We are trying to clear the mess and redeem the doings of the successive governments which began with the infamous Nehruvian blunders,” he said.
When asked if Centre-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma will also hold talks with separatists and militants, Singh said that the former IB chief has been given the authority to initiate talks with anyone and the final decision has been left with him.
“The Centre has appointed a special representative, who has been authorised to carry forward meaningful and sustained dialogue. He has been given full mandate by the Centre to talk to anyone,” the Union Minister added.