London, 10 Oct 2019: A fresh row broke out after the Congress party leaders’ meeting with UK’s Labour party chief Jeremy Corby to discuss the human rights issues in Kashmir.
BJP slammed the congress for internationalizing the Kashmir issue. The issue triggered a massive row in India after Corbyn shared a picture on social media platform Twitter that had Kamal Dhaliwal, president of the Indian Overseas Congress UK, Sudhakar Goud, spokesperson of the Indian Overseas Congress UK, and Gurminder Randhawa, secretary of the Indian Overseas Congress UK.
“A very productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party where we discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir. There must be a de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence and fear which has plagued the region for so long,” Corbyn said in his tweet.
To media queries, Congress representative in UK, Randhawa, did not like to contradict Indian government’s stand and saying that Kashmir is an internal matter of India. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s overseas president Vijay Chauthaiwale said it would have been better had the Congress delegation taken representatives of the Indian High Commission in London in confidence before resorting to such a step.
For the last many months, some moves are happening in UK to internationalise Kashmir issue. Earlier, Labour Friends of India, the representative diaspora group of the Labour Party, had raised concerns over the procedure followed in the passing of the so-called emergency motion of BJP over Kashmir. Members and splinter groups within the UK Opposition Labour Party had protested BJP government’s move in Kashmir of abrogating Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The splinter groups then urged its leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek international observers to enter the region and demand the right of self-determination for people of the Valley.
Labour Friends of India (LFIN), the representative diaspora group of the Labour Party, issued a letter to Corbyn and shadow home secretary Emily Thornberry to raise concerns over the procedure followed in the passing of the so-called emergency motion in Kashmir.