Describing the formula of former Home Minister and senior Congress leader- P Chitambaram as dangerous for unity and integrity of country, State BJP Spokesperson, Prof. Virender Gupta strongly criticized his statement, advocating restoring the "Grand Bargain" under which Kashmir acceded to India by granting a large degree of autonomy, warning that otherwise the Country will have to pay "heavy Price".
Prof Virender Gupta said that P. Chidambaram formula is dangerous for the integrity of the country and has serious repercussions. He further said that it looks that P. Chindambaram has little knowledge about Jammu and Kashmir State and the circumstance under which Jammu and Kashmir acceded to Indian Union.
He added that it was Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir who signed the Instrument of Accession and no condition was attached at the time of accession by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who endorsed it.
Prof. Virender said that Kashmir is not Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir constitutes merely about 15 percent area of Jammu and Kashmir State, that is presently with India whereas it has population less than 50 percent of the State Population.
He further said that, People of Jammu and Ladakh regions are against granting any autonomy to the State, instead they plead for removal of article 370 and consider it as hindrance in the progress and development of the state and bringing the people of Kashmir into National mainstream
Prof. Virender further said that granting grand autonomy shall lead to separation of Jammu and Kashmir (in particular Kashmir) from India.