The Kerala Congress alleged that the VP Singh government, which was backed by the BJP, asked Kashmiri Pandits to be shifted to Jammu.
The Kerala Congress said in a tweet, “BJP-backed VP Singh government came to power in December 1989. The exodus of Pandits began the next month in January 1990. BJP did nothing and continued to support VP Singh till November 1990.”
‘Kashmir Files’ has drawn attention to the killings and forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the late 1980s and thereafter after Pakistan-sponsored terrorists fled there. The deleted tweet by the Kerala unit of Congress, posted from its official Twitter handle, attempted to present a statistical perspective on the issue of killings and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, arguing that there were 399 Pandits during 1990-2007. Against 15000 Muslims were killed.
The Kerala Congress also claimed that over one lakh Muslims were killed in the erstwhile state in the wake of the post-Partition communal riots (1948), while no Pandit was killed in retaliation.
Pointing to the initiatives taken by the Congress for Kashmiri Pandits, the Kerala Congress said that the UPA government constructed 5,242 houses for Pandits in Jammu and provided student scholarships, assistance to farmers besides a lump sum of Rs 5 lakh to each family. provided assistance. Welfare schemes worth Rs 1,168.4 crore.
The BJP, however, criticized the Congress for its stand on the issue.
The former said, “This is the most insane statement Congress can make. Congress doesn’t understand history… and they have greatly distorted the version of history. Under the watch of Congress rule, more than a lakh pundits did left the valley,” said the former. Union Minister and senior BJP leader KJ Alphons.
First published:March 14, 2022, 3:59 pm