Senior Congress leader and former Home Minister P Chidambaram today blamed the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir for the unrest in the state and said the statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have only “exacerbated” the crisis.

Mr Chidambaram said he was deeply concerned over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which according to him is “sliding into total chaos”.

“The PDP-BJP government is squarely responsible for the sharp deterioration in the last 6 weeks,”

Mr Chidambaram said the statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have escalated tensions in the Kashmir valley.

“Moderation in words and actions alone can retrieve the situation. The loss of lives – of protesting youth, other civilians and security forces – has devastated all of us. This must stop,” Mr Chidambaram added.

Mr Chidambaram said he was afraid the way out of the crisis may not be found by the present government.

“The Congress, National Conference and, if willing, the PDP must come together to find a solution: firstly, an immediate solution to stop the violence and, then, a path forward that will bring hope, peace and prosperity to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Protests have affected normal life in Kashmir after the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter by security forces last month.