Pune: Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley should make a statement in Parliament on Chinese military deployment near Sikkim.
During an interaction with journalists, organised by Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ), Chidambaram said, “China used hard words for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. We only demand that Prime Minister and Defence Minister should give a statement in Parliament.”
He also said that there can be no peace in Kashmir Valley so long as the coalition government of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were in power in Srinagar.
Chidambaram said that the PDP and BJP belonged to two different ideological poles and that they had come together only for power.
“The situation in Kashmir was relatively calmer between 2010-2014. The situation only became volatile in 2015. And it’s a failure of the Central government, as well as the coalition government. The Congress has always believed that the only solution in Kashmir can come from talks. The present regime seems to be seeking to address the issue using military power. It wouldn’t succeed,” said Chidambaram.
He came down heavily on the government over the issue of lynching by alleged cow protectors. He said that those who take the law into their hands believe that nothing will happen to them, as their government is in Delhi.
“Prime Minister denouncing the cow vigilantes and the mob-lynching incidents is not enough. There’s a need for action. How did the mob get this kind of confidence? It is because these mobs believe that nothing will happen to them as their government is in Delhi and that is what gives courage to the mobs to indulge in mob lynching,” said Chidambaram.
GST a form of ‘tax terrorism’
†Chidambaram said that businesses will suffer greatly because of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). He called GST, implemented by Modi government, a form of ‘tax terrorism’.
†“The GST was first proposed by the Congress. The year 2010 was also decided as the implementation year. When Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister, he had proposed an amendment for implementation of the GST. When I became the Finance Minister, I too had presented the bill in Parliament, as well as before the council of ministers. At that time, the BJP had opposed it. They became wise post-2014 and decided to implement it,” said Chidambaram.
†Chidambaram also disassociated with the city Congress workers’ recent protest against filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ and said that the protest was not Congress party’s agenda.