NEW DELHI, Oct 30: The Congress has come down heavily on the government for the visit of Members of the European Parliament to Kashmir. The Congress said that it is a "diplomatic blunder" facilitated by an "international business broker".
The party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that over the last three days, India witnessed an immature, ill-advised and ill-conceived PR exercise of the BJP government organized by an "international business broker", in which 27 members of the European Parliament were brought to India by a nondescript think tank with questionable credentials to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visit Kashmir and hold a press briefing. Only 23 went to Kashmir on a BJP government-facilitated trip as four members returned back from Delhi itself.
Surjewala asked the government why it is internationalising the Kashmir issue as it is an internal part of India. He said India's time tested policy over the last 72 years is that Kashmir is our internal issue and we will accept no interference or third party mediation of any nature from any government or group of people or organisation or any individual. The Modi government has committed the gravest sin of reversing this policy over the last three days, he said. - IANS