The debate started with the condemnation of attacks on Dalits by cow vigilantes in Andhra Pradesh but after intervention of the Chairman Hamid Ansari, opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad began the debate on Kashmir situation in the Upper House.

Azad hit out at PM Modi for addressing the Kashmir people from Madhya Pradesh.

“The prime minister knows everything that is happening in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.he should speak in the House on Kashmir situation,” Azad said.

“When was the country's capital shifted to Madhya Pradesh,” he added.

“I want to thank the home minister on behalf of the opposition for allowing discussion on Kashmir issue,” the Congress leader stated.

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“Everyone in Kashmir is a victim of militancy. Many of us have lost near and dear ones in the militancy in Kashmir. There is a difference between communalism and separatism,”  Azad said.

“A militant is a militant, whether he is from Punjab or Kashmir,” he cited.

“'Kashmiriyat' and 'Insaniyat' murdered by pellet guns,” Azad added. “Kashmir is an integral part of India but what about the integration of ideas,” he asked.

The Congress leader demanded an all-party delegation to be sent to Jammu and Kashmir.

After Azad’s speech, BJP's Shamsher Singh Manhas took part in Kashmir debate. He raised the issues of Jammu and Ladak as saying that Kashmir cannot be discussed without talking about Jammu and Ladak.

“Jammu is also facing unemployment issue like Kashmir but how come the youth in Jammu don't pick up stones, sticks and guns,” Manhas highlighted.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien said, “Burhan Wani was more dangerous on internet than on streets. He is more dangerous dead than alive.”
“It is very important at this stage not to make a distinction between Kashmir and people of Kasmiri,” he added.

JD-U leader said, “We have to strive hard to win hearts of Kashmiris, using force is not the way, use of pellet guns must be stopped immediately.”

“Kashmiris are angry with us, we should take them on board by love. Otherwise the history will never forgive us,” he added.

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