Union minister and senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu today alleged that the Jammu and Kashmir issue was a "creation" of the Congress and accused the party of making the issue "political" now.
"The Jammu and Kashmir issue is a Congress creation. Had it been left to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who successfully unified 565 princely states, he would have tackled it successfully," he told reporters here.
Naidu was reacting to the mention of the Kashmir issue in a memorandum submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee by the opposition parties yesterday.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, briefing the media on the memorandum, had said the continuous violence and "failure of governance" in Jammu and Kashmir were matters of grave national concern.