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RS debates Kashmir, Congress questions PM’s absence

RS debates Kashmir unrest, Opposition questions PM’s absence |

Raising the Kashmir unrest issue in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s absence in the house during the sensitive debate.

"The crown of India (Kashmir) is burning. You must have felt the heat on your head, if not the heart," Azad said while initiating the debate.

“He (Narendra Modi) is addressing Dalits from Telangana, and he talks about Kashmir from Madhya Pradesh. The Prime Minister is near, yet far from the Parliament,” he added.

Interrupting Azad, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responded that “Kashmir is in a sensitive state today. It is better if Parliament speaks in one house on it”.

“This is not the apt time to discuss our disagreements on Kashmir,” Jaitley added.

Continuing the debate, Azad said, “Law and order of Kashmir is not same as Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan. Law and order is taken of there by police and paramilitary. Kashmiri leaders alone can’t do it”.

"We don’t have resources. You say Kashmir is integral part of India. It should not be on paper but it should come from the heart,” he questioned.

Stressing the need to rise above political lines, the Congress leader said, "It is our duty as political parties to share their (civilians) grief and appeal for calm on behalf of Parliament”.

“There should be an all-party delegation. We should announce the dates today or tomorrow,” Azad suggested.

Over 55 people have been killed in the weeks of demonstrations and clashes between Kashmiri protesters and security forces.

The violence erupted in the valley following the killing of Hizb ul Mujaheedin commander Burhan Wani by the security forces on July 8. In the wake of the unrest, curfew was imposed in many districts of the valley. While it has been lifted in some districts in view of the improving situation, it is being imposed in some parts still.