Congress chairman Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury carried out a blow against army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane this afternoon over his statement on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Mr. Chowdhury, party leader of Lok Sabha, advised the newly appointed army chief to "talk less and work more". The chairman's sharp response came just days after General Naravane told NDTV that the army was ready for large-scale operations in PoK "should this be the government's mandate."
Referring to a 1994 resolution unanimously approved by Parliament, stressing that Jammu and Kashmir are an integral part of India and that Pakistan must withdraw troops from areas where it is occupied, Chowdhury also suggested that General Naravane "with CDS ( Defense Chief of Staff) – former army chief Bipin Rawat) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi "if he wanted to take action against PoK.
"@New Army Chief, Parliament had passed a unanimous decision on #POK back in 1994. The government is free to take action and issue instructions. If you are so inclined to take action against POK, I would suggest using CDS and @PMOIndia. Talk less, work more, "tweeted Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
@ New Army Chief,
Parliament adopted a resolution unanimously on #POK In 1994 the government was free to take measures and issue instructions. If you are so inclined to take action against POK, I recommend you confuse yourself with CDS, and @PMOIndia, Talk less, work more
– Adhir Chowdhury (@adhirrcinc) January 12, 2020
Shortly after the takeover, General Naravane spoke to NDTV and said the army had "various plans" for operations in PoK and was ready for "any task."
When asked whether this included large-scale PoK operations, he said, "Should that be the mandate?"
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's tweet about PoK and the reference to the 1994 resolution will evoke unpleasant memories for his party.
Mr. Chowdhury took over the center for the withdrawal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and seemed to indicate that decisions affecting the former state were not an internal matter.
"… you (Interior Minister Amit Shah) say it's an internal issue … Kashmir has been under UN surveillance since 1948, is that an internal issue? You should explain it," he said.
Congressmen Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who were both in parliament at the time, appeared shocked among the chants ofBharat Mata ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram"from government banks.
General MM Naravane has had tough words for Pakistan since he became army chief.
Last month he strongly warned against sponsoring terrorism: "We reserve the right to take preventive action against sources of terrorism."