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Modi, Joshi slam Centre's 'diluted' Kashmir policy

Last updated on: June 23, 2012 22:51 IST

Modi, Joshi slam Centre's 'diluted' Kashmir policy

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday alleged that the "Congress government" at the Centre was trying to dilute the Indian position on Jammu and Kashmir.

"The official attempt of the Congress government to dilute the Indian position on Kashmir is an issue of grave concern," Modi said.

He was speaking at a function to mark the death anniversary of Dr Syama Prasad Mukerjee, founder of erstwhile Jan Sangh.

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'Kashmir under clouds of uncertainty'

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"Let us not forget his words Ek desh me do Vidhan, do Pradhan aur Do Nishan nahi chalenge (no two constitutions, two prime ministers and two national emblems in one country).

"It was Mukerjee who had given this call and started an agitation on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. He died under mysterious circumstances in a jail of Jammu and Kashmir and he was the first martyr of independent India," Modi said.

"However, now after 57 years, the present Congress government, as a part of its vote-bank politics, has once again decided to put Kashmir under the clouds of uncertainty," Modi said.

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'Time for all citizens to raise their voices'

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"Thousands of our soldiers and others have laid down their lives for the integration of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

"It is time for all citizens who are committed to unity and integrity of the country to raise their voice against such attempt by the Congress government to dilute the Indian position on Kashmir," Modi said.

Terming the report of Centre's interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir as "pro-separatist", senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi today said it would not solve any problems plaguing the state.

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'The report is dangerous and pro-separatist'

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The report would only make the status of Jammu and Kashmir controversial, he told reporters.

"In may view, the report will not solve any issue. It will only make the status of Jammu and Kashmir controversial," the former human resource development minister said.

"The report is dangerous and pro-separatist," he said.

"Any consideration of the report will be catastrophic for national unity and unity of the state," the BJP leader said.

"The document discourages nationalist forces. The tone and tenor of the report favours separatists," he said.

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