Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, 6 January
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said there was "no question" of having a referendum on keeping the Army in Jammu and Kashmir but the feeling of the locals must be respected.
"Deployment of Army (in the Kashmir Valley) is a matter of internal security. There is no question of having a referendum on it," he said, distancing himself from party colleague Prashant Bhushan’s views.
Mr Bhushan had called for a referendum to decide whether or not the Indian Army should be deployed to deal with the separatist campaign in the Kashmir Valley.
Mr Kejriwal, however, added: "The feelings of the local people should be taken into account, otherwise it will be a threat to democracy. But our party is not in favour of any referendum."