Indian lawmaker K Kavitha, who is member of Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament, has categorically stated that Jammu Kashmir and Telangana are not parts of India and New Delhi has forcibly occupied these territories.
Kavitha, who represents Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party in the parliament, during a newspaper said that Telangana and Kashmir were both separate territories but were forcefully merged into India after independence. “We need to come out clean on Jammu Kashmir. Few parts were not ours, we should agree, we should redraw the international lines, and move on,” she added.
Kavitha is daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandra Sekhar Rao. India’s Congress party took strong exception to certain ‘controversial’ remarks made by Kavitha on Jammu Kashmir and Telangana, which the party believes could inadvertently cast serious doubts on the integrity and legitimacy of the Indian union.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the stand of the Congress and even of parliament was that the (erstwhile) princely state of Kashmir in its entirety is an ‘integral, invisible, inalienable’ part of India, according to the ‘Accession Instrument’ of 1947. He asserted that it was important to clarify these things because the foreign leaders, institutions or bodies coming across such statements by an elected representative.