Did Wayanad win change Rahul's mindset on Kashmir issue, asks Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and union minister Prakash Javadekar has slammed former Congress president Rahul Gandhi's comments on the situation in Kashmir and demanded an apology from him.

Javadekar said Gandhi was indulging in the “most irresponsible politics” the country has witnessed, giving Pakistan a “handle” to target India in the United Nations.

Though Gandhi tried to make ground with a tweet attacking Pakistan and asserting that Kashmir is indeed India's internal issue, Javadekar was quick to dismiss it as a ploy to quell rising public anger.

"He has made a complete U-turn, not due to his own will but due to circumstances and public pressure," Javadekar said.

The Congress leader's allegations about violence in Kashmir were wrong, he said, adding that it was made due to that party's "vote bank" politics.

Gandhi has been attacking the government over the Kashmir situation and had said last week that the opposition and the press got a taste of the "draconian administration" and "brute force" unleashed on the people there when they tried to visit Srinagar.

Taking a dig, Javadekar asked if Gandhi's mindset has also changed due to change in his constituency. The Congress leader represents Wayanad, a minority-dominated seat, in Lok Sabha after losing from his traditional Amethi seat.

Prodded on his comments by reporters, Javadekar said his remarks were not about the constituency, but it's representative.

(With inputs from PTI)