BJP needs no advice as it has Modi: Chidambaram

Last Updated 23 February 2019, 14:11 IST

Former home minister P Chidambaram on Saturday hit back at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for questioning the Congress for roping in surgical strikes hero Lt Gen D S Hooda (retd) for preparing a vision paper on national security.

“Mr Jaitley has debunked the Congress for requesting General Hooda to advise on national security. He should have added BJP needs no advice because it has Mr Modi,” Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.

“BJP does not need someone like Dr Raghuram Rajan to head the RBI, because it has Mr Modi. BJP does not need a Planning Commission, because it has Mr Modi. BJP does not need a National Statistics Commission, because it has Mr Modi.

“Actually, BJP does not need a Cabinet, because it has Mr Modi,” the senior Congress leader said.

Chidambaram also claimed that the Modi government’s aggressive approach had failed in Kashmir and cautioned against adopting a similar strategy in the Northeast.

“When the cry is for more humane and just laws, the government allows Assam Rifles to search and arrest without warrant.

“This is the extension of the muscular, militaristic approach to the Northeast. This approach failed in Kashmir, it will fail in the North Eastern states,” the former home minister said.

The Congress leader also said he was waiting for the prime minister to take action against Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy for calling for the boycott of Kashmiri products and visiting the state as tourists.

“The irony of the situation is depressing. We want Kashmir to be part of India, but we do not want Kashmiris to be part of Indians,” Chidambaram had said earlier.

“The Statue of Unity watches over the Governor of Meghalaya and others who seem to think that Kashmiris have no place in India,” Chidambaram had said on Thursday.

(Published 23 February 2019, 13:10 IST)

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