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My mistake, never meant to say 'plebiscite' for Kashmir: Jyotiraditya Scindia

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

On 20 July, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said in Lok Sabha that there should be a "rai shumari" (plebiscite) in Kashmir. He later explained that he meant a dialogue and not a referendum, as the situation in the Valley has deteriorated and the PDP-BJP government has "insulted" the "crown" of India.

"I have never said there should be plebiscite. I have said there should be dialogue," he said.

He later tweeted, "My mistake, was given wrong Urdu word for dialogue, & got misconstrued... never meant Plebiscite at all, for #Kashmir. Read my speech fully."

"PDP-BJP government has shed all the principles. Administration is divided and the government, which should support people, is using weapons against them," Scindia said, adding "the wounds there can be healed only through humanity."

While attacking the Centre and the state government, the Congress chief whip said: "There is a need to create an environment of peace and tranquility; growth and development."

Describing Kashmir as "an important part of the heart of every Indian", he said, "but today that crown is being insulted. This I feel is irresponsible." He said the UPA government had created an environment of peace and harmony by taking everybody along.

--With PTI inputs

First published: 21 July 2016, 9:53 IST