Congress senior leader and minister for health and horticulture, Sham Lal Sharma, said that the only solution to lead Jammu Kashmir for development was granting freedom for Kashmir and to give a Union territory status for Ladakh.
“Kashmir should be granted freedom, Jammu should be made a separate state and Ladakh a Union territory. This is the only solution and can lead to progress and development of the state," Sham Lal Sharma said during a rally.
Later, Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) slammed Sham Lal Sharma for his 'Kashmir Azadi' statements. Kashmir BJP leaders told that they stand for the unity of Jammu and Kashmir.
"Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Sharma"s azadi remark is unacceptable. We stand for the unity of Jammu and Kashmir, but want an end to Jammu"s discrimination. Anyone who advocates disintegration of the country should be considered an anti-national," BJP Kashmir President SS Manhas said.