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.
AAP leader Dilip Pandey said that Bhushan had meant something else when he had made that statement. "He has issued a statement to clarify that his comments were taken out of context," Pandey said.
Even RSS took a dig at Prashant Bhushan as Ram Madhav tweeted-
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Prashant Bhushan has always been d voice of secessionists. It is like asking for referendum in some wards in Delhi if they wan2 b AAP ruled</p>— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavrss) <a href="https://twitter.com/rammadhavrss/statuses/420108982615670785">January 6, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Earlier on Monday Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had said that 'AAP does not agree with what Prashant Bhusan had said on Kashmir issue. "That is his personal view," Kejriwal had said.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also reacted to Bhushan's idea. He said in his tweet that phased revocation of the AFSPA doesn't need a referendum.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Reduction of the footprint of security forces & phased revocation of AFSPA doesn't need a referendum, just a courageous statesman to decide.</p>— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) <a href="https://twitter.com/abdullah_omar/statuses/420160021863735297">January 6, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>