Kashmir unrest Modi government’s big political failure: Manish Sisodia

SRINAGAR: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday termed the present unrest in Kashmir valley as a “big political failure” of the BJP-led central government and said the Centre and state government have to take steps to build trust among people.

In an interview to CNN-News-18 channel, the Aam Aadmi Party leader also condemned Sunday’s attack in Kashmir’s Uri town in which 18 army soldiers were killed and said it deserves a befitting reply.

“Violence and terrorism deserve a befitting reply, but that reply should be in action and not just words. At the same time, you also need to solve the internal crisis,” he said.

“I have covered Kashmir as a journalist, but so much trouble has seldom been witnessed. The trouble has been there since 1989, and 26 years later we are witnessing movements like then (1989). That is a big political failure,” Sisodia added.

The AAP leader said both the Jammu and Kashmir and the central government will have to undertake measures that build trust. “They will have to embrace the people, there needs to be a mutual sense of belonging, which has been destroyed…All political parties should discuss the issue, the Prime Minister should talk to all, discuss what needs to be done in Kashmir, discuss the Pakistan issue,” he said.

“Modi is the Prime Minister of my country, we belong to different political parties, but if he does anything for the sake of the country, then we will support him,” Sisodia added.

A total of 89 people have been killed and over 11,500 injured in the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley that started on July 8 following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.

Sisodia said the Prime Minister should focus on action instead of indulging in “politics of show off”.

“As a nation we are losing confidence, it happened in Uri, it can happen in Delhi and other places. This is a big failure and the Centre is responsible for this failure. Modi believes in the politics of show off, when it comes to show off, Modi is a big brand. But where are the nitty gritty?”

“Having biryani will not solve the Kashmir (problem) or India-Pakistan relationship,” he said.