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Nehru failed on Kashmir: Gujarat Deputy CM

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Taking a swipe at Congress, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel today claimed that the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru failed to fulfil his promise on Kashmir, giving rise to a perennial problem.

was quick to take exception. State president Bharatsinh Solanki said Patel needed to take history lessons, and Kashmir was a part of today only because of the leadership of the past.

"During rule, there was a under which Kashmir's CM was referred to as Prime Minister of that state. Kashmir also had a separate flag other than the tricolour," said Patel, addressing a government function in Gandhinagar.

"Unfortunately, when the issue of Kashmir emerged, Nehru told everyone to leave it to him as he belonged to Kashmir and promised that he will annex it to But it never happened, as separatists did not accept Nehru's idea. Even after 70 years, protests by separatists are on," he said.

Reacting to Patel's remarks, Solanki contended that Kashmir became a part of only because of the efforts of and its past Prime Ministers Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

"I feel that Patel needs to understand India's history first. It is an indisputable fact that Kashmir became a part of because of the efforts of Nehru and Contribution of Congress, Nehru, Shastri-ji, Indira-ji and Rajiv-ji helped keep Kashmir," he said.

"If Rahul-ji (Rahul Gandhi) had been our PM today, the issue of Kashmir would have been solved long ago," Solanki added.

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First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 22:32 IST