Hardeep Puri: Calling of Plebiscite on J&K accession was a Monumental blunder

'Democracy is based on resolution of differences,' he added

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Srinagar: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday said that the calling of “plebiscite” during the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India in 1947 was a “monumental blunder” not a folly.
Without naming Congress Puri said that “because of you (congress) made that mistake and other people took advantage of it”.
Talking to media persons in Srinagar on Monday, Puri said that “my information all along has been that the then Maharaja Hari Singh was happy to sign the instrument of accession with the Union of India as I had read in history”.
He said somehow the political leadership in Delhi that time…what I read today in an article “they wanted it to be broader based, they wanted a plebiscite or they wanted to take it to multilateral forums. I think you can’t have a higher degree of folly than that”, he added.
“This is your problem and you have to resolve it the state is exceeding where you wanting to take it … you may have any friendship or association with the then colonial par the British and you have been educated in England …but what makes you think that colonial dispensation has succeeded in empowering India…the calling of plebiscite was a monumental blunder not a folly. Because of you making that mistake other people took advantage of it”, he blamed the congress government.
Puri said he agreed with Union Minister Kiron Rijiju’s statement that, “Why was the Kashmir issue taken to an international forum or multilateral forum.
He said when he came to Kashmir some years ago there was an entire professional cadre of stone pelters.
“One country is using terror as an instrument of state policy. I said in an interview over 20 years ago that this is a problem created across the country and somebody on our side allowed them to do so”, he blamed. He said, the terrorists take away the most important right of all… right to life. Democracy is based on resolution of differences, he added. (UNI)

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