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Oct 22, 2010 at 12:55pm IST

BJP slams Centre for Geelani's speech

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday slammed the Centre for allowing Kashmiri separatists to make anti-India speeches in New Delhi. Senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley castigated the Centre for the speech made by Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani saying freedom of speech too has constitutional limits.

"Yesterday (Thursday) the country was shocked when separatists met under the nose of Central Government. All reports indicate that all speakers who participated in the conference gave indications that India cannot be one and should be broken up. Can democracy co exist with right of sedition? Obviously it cannot. Free speech is constitutional right, with constitutionally prescribed procedures. Such exercises like those by Geelani yesterday comes under penal law," said Jaitley.

At a seminar on Thursday evening in New Delhi, Geelani had called for Kashmir's 'azadi'. A group of Kashmiri pandits who were present at the seminar had created a ruckus, shouting slogans and even climbing on the stage to prevent Geelani from speaking.

The hardline Hurriyat Conference leader was the convenor at the seminar organised by the committee to campaign for release of political prisoners titled 'Convention on Kashmir-Azadi: The only way'

Geelani, Kashmiri separatists as well as Naxal and Khalistan sympathisers came together under one platform to demand independence for Kashmir at the seminar.

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