Congress becoming 'voice of Pakistan': BJP

The BJP today alleged that the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Congress was becoming the "voice of Pakistan" and also demanded action against party's senior leaders Saifuddin Soz, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Jairam Ramesh.

BJP National General Secretary Anil Jain's remarks came after Soz last week said independence was the first choice of Kashmiris. He had said yesterday that Vallabhbhai Patel was ready to give Kashmir to Pakistan.

State Congress and its allied powers are becoming pro-Pakistan. It's evident from the statement of Soz, who even raised a finger at a nationalist like Sardar Patel, Jain told reporters at a save democracy day" function organised at the BJP headquarters here.

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He said any statement which supports terrorism or terrorists would be considered the voice of Pakistan.

Whichever ideology such people belong to... Whether it's Azad or anyone else, they need to be exposed. People are demanding answers. The BJP will not allow anyone to separate Kashmir from the rest of the country, he said.

He said Congress president Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the people of the country and inform what action he was taking against Azad and Ramesh, who attended Soz's book launch yesterday.

The Congress has, however, dismissed Soz's claims as stray remarks and cheap gimmick to sell his book.

Jain said the BJP observed a black day across the country to recall the darkest period of Emergency.

He alleged the Congress murdered democracy for its "lust of power".


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