Clubhouse chat: ‘Will restore Article 370 in J&K if voted to power’, says Digvijaya to Pakistani journalist
In leaked Clubhouse chat, Singh was found telling a Pakistani journalist that Congress would reconsider decision of revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir once they are in power.
New Delhi: A huge controversy erupted on Saturday after BJP IT Cell Chief Amit Malviya released an audio clip where veteran Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijaya Singh can be heard telling a Pakistani journalist that Congress would reconsider the decision of revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir once they are voted to power.
In leaked Clubhouse chat, Singh’s alleged chat with a Pakistani journalist states, “Decision of revoking 370 and reducing statehood of Jammu and Kashmir was an extremely sad decision and the Congress party would certainly relook the decision.”
Union Minister Giriraj Singh said that Pakistan is the first love of Congress. In a tweet, Singh said, "Congress' first love is Pakistan. Digvijaya Singh conveyed Rahul Gandhi's message to Pakistan. Congress will help Pakistan in grabbing Kashmir."
BJP National Spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra tweeted, "Digvijaya Singh on being questioned by a Pak Journalist, on getting rid of 'Modi' and on Kashmir policy, says that if Congress comes back to power they would have a rethink on Article 370 and may restore it. He also talks about Hindu fundamentalists. The Congress is a Clubhouse of anti-nationals."
BJP National IT and Social Media In-charge, Amit Malviya said, this is what Pakistan wanted. "In a Clubhouse chat, Rahul Gandhi's top aide Digvijaya Singh tells a Pakistani journalist that if Congress comes to power they will reconsider the decision of abrogating Article 370. Really? This is what Pakistan wanted," Malviya tweeted.
The chat was released on Twitter by a handle @LeaksClubhouse (ClubHouse Leaks). Interestingly, Twitter profile of Clubhouse Leaks mentioned that the handle has been treated today.
The Saffron party claimed that Singh was replying to Pakistani journalist Shahzeb Jillani.
Meanwhile, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra addressed a press conference on Saturday where he lashed out at senior leader Digvijaya Singh for echoing Pakistan's demands and 'spewing venom' against India. Hitting out at Singh, Patra alleged that all this was a part of the 'toolkit' against India sharing how the MP had taken Pakistan's side after the Pulwama attack and the 26/11 attacks as well.
"Today an important topic going on in TV channels is 'Clubhouse'. We all have seen through TV channels how the veteran leader of the clubhouse-- Digvijaya Singh is spewing venom against India outside and how he is agreeing with Pakistan's demands. This is the same Digvijaya Singh, who had told the Pulwama attack just an accident, he had called the 26/11 attack a conspiracy of RSS and also tried to give clean chit to Pakistan at that time," said Sambit Patra.
"In the clubhouse, a Pakistani journalist asks this question that after the removal of Narendra Modi, what will be the Kashmir policy. Digvijaya ji thanks that journalist on such a question and says that if Modi ji is removed from power and Congress government comes then he will re-establish Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir," he added.
Sambit Patra claimed that Digvijaya Singh was a 'stage-manager' for the discussion, alleging that the Congress leader had himself asked the Pakistani journalist to ask such a question. "It's all part of that toolkit. I request the Congress party to change its name and change INC to ANC (Anti National Club House). People who hate Modi ji have also, in turn, started hating India," he said.
Meanwhile, BJP came down heavily on the Congress party and asked its top leaders to clarify their stand. “What do Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi think about Digvijaya’s Clubhouse statement? Is this Congress’ stand too? We demand Rahul Gandhi to hold a press conference and clarify,” Sambit Patra said addressing a presser.
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