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Congress Targets Govt Over Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits

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By: Anand Singh | NEW DELHI
Updated: October 27, 2022 17:49
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera (TNI Photo By Sumit Kumar)
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The Congress on Thursday launched a tirade against the central government over the exodus of Kashmiri Hindu families from Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian on the occasion of Diwali.

Congress also demanded the issue of a white paper on what the government has done for them in the last eight years.

Speaking about the issue, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said, “The pain of refugees is very hard to understand. We are talking about Kashmiri Pandits in a place like Shopian, where they didn’t leave their homes for 32 years.”

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He said, “While we were celebrating Diwali, 15 families of Kashmiri Pandits left their houses in Shopian.”

Taking a jibe at the ruling BJP, the Congress leader said that in 1989, when the first migration of Kashmiri Pandits happened, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which gave support to VP Singh’s government, continued to support the government.

Citing the example of the late PM Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government, Khera said that after riots in Kashmir in 1986, Kashmiri Pandits protested in Delhi and the Jammu and Kashmir government was brought down.

Slamming the BJP, the Congress leader said that 70 ministers of the central government have been doing outreach programmes in Kashmir since October 10. “Have any of the ministers of the BJP visited any camps of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir?” he said.

“We demand the Modi government to issue a white paper on what has been done in the last 8 years for the Kashmiri pandits,” he added.

Khera said that about 30 target killings have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir since January this year. In the last few days, the opposition has targeted the central government over the killings of migrant workers and locals in Jammu and Kashmir.

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