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Cong terms Shah’s assertions as concocted and baseless

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New Delhi/Srinagar: Hitting back at Home minister Amit Shah, the Congress said it strongly refutes his “concocted and baseless” assertions.

In a two-page statement posted on Twitter, its chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accused Shah of making mischievous statements on Jammu and Kashmir.

The Congress was never in favour of international intervention on Kashmir issue and was committed to the country’s integrity, sovereignty and the tricolour, he said.

“Maybe Amit Shah and the Modi government need a new lesson on nationalism because their parental organisation RSS did not hoist the tricolour for 52 years after independence at its headquarters,” he said.

According to Surjewala, the BJP is criticising the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP without realising that they shared power after 2014.

The Congress leader also asked Shah who was responsible for the release of Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar, released along with two others in exchange for the passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814 in Kandahar in December 1999.

In Srinagar, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) said the party was neither a part of the PAGD nor had it participated in any of its meetings or deliberations.

“Congress Party has entered seat-sharing at certain places that too at local district level,” the statement said, adding that it strongly condemns the “baseless allegations” and urges him (Shah) to refrain from “dirty politics”.

Taking to Twitter, JKPCC chief G A Mir said the Home minister must clear his stance on the BJP’s coalition with Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

“Was Mr Omar & Mrs Mufti nationalist or antinational? when you were in coalition with them, you should clear this first Mr Shah,” Mir tweeted.

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