AAP talking like separatists, behaving like jihadis: Naqvi

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New Delhi, Jan 6: Against the backdrop of Prashant Bhushan's comments on referendum on the presence of army in Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said that the AAP was talking like separatists and were no less than Jihadis.

"They are speaking like separatists. They have been saying it repeatedly, and now they are altering it. This is their first national agenda. They are just jihadis with gentleman's face," said Naqvi.

"They are saying that referendum should be there on deployment of the Army in Kashmir, tomorrow they will say referendum should be there for Kashmir,"

"Army people are fighting for the country's security. How can they question Army men?" asked Naqvi.

Also the BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said Bhushan's statement is in the same vein as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remarks that India and Pakistan had almost reached an agreement on Kashmir when Pervez Musharraf was President.

Prashant Bhushan's comments will help separatists: Harshvardhan

"PM's recent address that hinted at a solution to the Kashmir problem was probably an acceptance of Pakistan’s proposal of 'open' borders in Kashmir- a Pak ploy to merge Kashmir with Pak'," Lekhi said.

"In the background of such a remark, the recent rhetoric of Bhushan on the Kashmir issue is reflective of a collusion that is taking place yet again between the two political parties," she added.

"The issues of national security cannot be decided by populism or referendum. They can only be decided on security considerations. Till such time the infrastructure of terror remains, the presence of the army in Jammu & Kashmir is essential," the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.

Prashant Bhushan's comments will help separatists, said Delhi BJP chief Harshvardhan, who severely slammed the AAP leaders comment.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan on Monday said that his comment on Kashmir was distorted. On Sunday Prashant Bhushan had called for a referendum in Jammu and Kashmir to decide whether the presence of Army was required or not in the Valley.

However, Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that 'the party (AAP) doesn't agree with Bhushan.'Kejriwal told reporters: "We do not agree with what Prashant Bhushan said about Kashmir, it is his personal view."

Defending Bhushan's comments AAP member Kumar Vishwas said that Bhushan's comments were distorted and that AAP was against the referendum on army in Kashmir. "AAP believes in a unified India. This isn't an issue to be debated. Kashmir is an integral part of India and Prashant Bhushan agrees to it," Vishwas said.

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