New Delhi: Taking a dig at Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik for his reported remarks that political parties have no right to talk about India-Pakistan dialogue, senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that the country’s governors are acting like viceroys.
“J&K Governor says political parties have no right to talk about India-Pakistan talks. He is probably a votary of ‘partyless democracy’ or ‘no democracy’ at all,” the Congress leader tweeted.
In a sarcastic comment, Chidambaram asserted, “We were told that the last viceroy was Lord Mountbatten. Wrong. Appointed Governors and Lieutenant Governors are the new Viceroys”.
Earlier on Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, while referring to National Conference and the PDP had said,”These [political parties] have no right to talk about India-Pakistan peace talks. It is between governments of the two nations, as being neighbours makes it obvious that talks will happen for sure. But political parties bringing up the issue of Pakistan into dialogue process was neither acceptable to us then, nor will it be now.”