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Chidambaram blames PDP-BJP govt for Kashmir unrest; says Modi 'exacerbated' crisis

Senior Congress leader and former Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday blamed the PDP-BJP government for the unrest in Kashmir Valley, also saying that the statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have "exacerbated" the crisis.

Chidambaram added that he was deeply concerned over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is "sliding into total chaos".

"The PDP-BJP government is squarely responsible for the sharp deterioration in the last 6 weeks," the former Home and Finance Minister in the UPA government said in a statement.

He said the statements of the Prime Minister, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have "exacerbated" the crisis. "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," Chidambaram said.

"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," he further said.

Normal life in Kashmir Valley has been disrupted due to protests against the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8. So far 63 people have lost their lives in the ongoing unrest.