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Kejriwal opposes referendum on army in Kashmir

Monday, 6 January 2014 - 1:52pm IST | Place: Delhi | Agency: IANS
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said there was "no question" of having a referendum on keeping the army in Jammu and Kashmir but the feeling of the locals must be respected.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said there was "no question" of having a referendum on keeping the army in Jammu and Kashmir but the feeling of the locals must be respected.

"Deployment of army (in the Kashmir Valley) is a matter of internal security. There is no question of having a referendum on it," he said, distancing himself from party colleague Prashant Bhushan's views.

Bhushan had called for a referendum to decide whether or not the Indian Army should be deployed to deal with the separatist campaign in the Kashmir Valley.

Kejriwal, however, added: "The feelings of the local people should be taken into account, otherwise it will be a threat to democracy. But our party is not in favour of any referendum."


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