The BJP on Thursday hit back at Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for alleging that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir was orchestrated with money. Terming the comment “unfortunate”, BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that such remarks were expected from the “people of Pakistan” and not from India’s “biggest political party”.
“Ghulam Nabi Azad’s comments are unfortunate. I condemn it strongly.... when the NSA visits the state and meets and eats with the people of the area, the Congress says that we have paid them money?
“These accusations come from the people of Pakistan. This is not expected from a big political party like the Congress. How can you make these accusations? This statement will be used by Pakistan on global forums. He should immediately apologise for the comments,” Hussain told a news channel.
Ghulam Nabi Azad labelled the ruling BJP as “traitorous” for its decision to repeal Article 370. "I say that Maharaja Hari Singh didn't chose Pakistan over India despite being of the same religion because he trusted in our secular framework. But, that trust has been broken," he had said.
India on Tuesday removed part of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave Jammu and Kashmir a significant autonomy. The central government also divided the state in two Union Territories (UTs) - Jammu and Kashmir with its own legislature and Ladakh with legislature.