Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned the legality behind the introduction of the bills.
He questioned the government’s position on Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, while referring to a 1994 resolution by the House.
“You say it is an internal matter. The UN has been monitoring the situation since 1948. Then there is the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. Whether this is a bilateral matter or an internal matter....” Chowdhury asked.
Chowdhury said he needed clarification on the issue since the government had last week told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the Kashmir issue would be solved bilaterally. He added that the “entire Congress party” wanted to know the government’s response.
“In this parliament in 1994, we adopted a resolution that Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir has to be restored. It has to be brought into the ambit of our country. Now once Jammu and Kashmir has been bifurcated, what shall be the status of PoK?” he later said outside the parliament, ANI quoted.
In the Lok Sabha, Chowdhury’s question drew Amit Shah’s ire, who said, “You don’t consider Jammu and Kashmir an integral part India? What are you saying? Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Whenever I say Jammu and Kashmir, PoK comes under it. I am being aggressive because you didn’t think that PoK comes under Jammu and Kashmir. We can die for it.”
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tweeted a clip of Chowdhury’s remarks in the Parliament and asked if this is Congress’s official position.