Kejriwal disagrees with Prashant Bhushan’s comment
NEW DELHI : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal today distanced himself from a controversial comment by his senior colleague Prashant Bhushan suggesting a referendum in Jammu and Kashmir to decide whether the people want the army to handle security in the region.
“We don’t agree with what Prashant Bhushan said about Kashmir, it’s his personal view,” said Mr Kejriwal. “Whatever the army wants to do regarding the deployment, there is no point of a referendum on it. We does not support Prashant Bhushan’s statement.”
On Sunday, Mr Bhushan had said in a television interview that in keeping with participatory democracy, locals in the Kashmir Valley should be allowed to determine whether they want the army for internal security or not. “If people feel that the army is violating human rights and they say they don’t want the army to be deployed for their security then the army should be withdrawn,” he reportedly said.
The AAP leader also said the government can decide if the army is needed to deal with external threats along the border. But he qualified his comments saying it was his personal opinion. NDTV.