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When indefensible, BJP uses "national interest" as shield: Tharoor

Shashi Tahroor's tweet was in response to BJP MPs Shobha Karandlaje and Tejasvi Surya

Sunday December 8, 2019 10:14 PM, ummid.com News Network

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New Delhi: Exposing the attempts by the ruling BJP to link with "national interests" whenever it is criticised for its wrong policies, senior Congress leader and former union minister Shashi Tharoor Sunday said democracy required discussion that the present dispensation was seeking to avoid.

"Whenever BJP conducts indefensible policies, it prefers to shelter behind "national interests", as if 37% of the national vote gives it the sole&exclusive right to define what our nation's interests are. Democracy requires discussion that our parliamentary managers seek to avoid", the Thiruvananthapuram MP wrote on Twitter.

Shashi Tahroor's tweet was in response to BJP MPs Shobha Karandlaje and Tejasvi Surya slamming him for calling a US Congress resolution asking India to end restrictions in Kashmir "admirable".

"Restore Internet, End Detentions In Jammu&Kashmir, Says Bipartisan Resolution In US House. Admirable effort by US reps, whereas in our Parliament we have been unable even to have a discussion on the subject of Kashmir in the entire winter session. Shame", Tharoor wrote on Twitter hailing the US Congress resolution.

Karandlaje slammed Tharoor for what she called Tharoor's attempt to "defame India".

"Shame on you for admiring US interference on India's internal matters. For the very first time J&K witnessing very less terror activities & people are feeling more safer. But the #CONgress never missed any opportunities to politisise India's domestic matters & defame country!" she wrote on Twitter.

Interestingly, the resolution in the US House of Representatives was moved by Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

"Yesterday, I introduced a bipartisan House Resolution with @Rep_Watkins to urge the Indian government to end restrictions on communications and mass detentions in Jammu and Kashmir as swiftly as possible and preserve religious freedom for all residents", Jayapal said in a tweet.

Jayapal is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives, the district's first female member of Congress, and also the first Asian-American to represent Washington in Congress.

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