Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for opening the space for “terrorism” in Jammu and Kashmir.
The congress vice president said: “When we started, terrorism was rampant in Kashmir. And when we finished by 2013, we basically broke the back of terror, I hugged (then) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and told him it was one of the biggest achievements.”
Gandhi, who is on a two-week visit to the US to interact with political leaders, global thinkers and overseas Indians, spoke on the political environment in the country, the Congress party, the effects of demonetisation among other issues.
He also referred to the role of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which is in power with the BJP as its alliance partner in the state, and said, “PDP was instrumental in bringing youngsters in politics, but the day Modi made alliance with PDP, he destroyed them (PDP).”
“So he (Modi) massively opened up space for the terrorists in Kashmir, and you saw the increase in violence,” Gandhi said while addressing students of the University of California in Berkeley on India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward.
He said that for nine years, he worked behind the scenes with Manmohan Singh, and then ministers P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh and others on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.