Chidambaram says he would have resigned if h were in Arun Jaitley's position

New Delhi, feb 27: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today said it is time to amend the Armed Forces Special (Powers) Act now in force in Jammu and Kashmir and other places.

"There is a need to amend the AFSPA if you cannot repeal it. The law and order should be entrusted to the Jammu and Kashmir police and not on the paramilitary forces," Chidambaram, former union minister, said at a programme here.

The act gives the security forces special rights and immunity in carrying out various operations in disturbed areas. There has been a long-standing demand from various quarters in J&K and the Northeast to withdraw it.

Chidambaram, also chairman of the panel on home affairs in the RS, said the presence of paramilitary forces in the northern state should be stepped down drastically and this would lower the graph of violence there.

Chidambaram said that had he been in Finance Minister Arun Jaitleys position, he would have resigned. He also said that it was time to amend the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act to address the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Chidambaram said, If I was in Jaitleys position, I would have resigned. He is perhaps in the unenviable situation of having to read a Budget speech written by others in other places.

Describing GST as a problem child, he said, GST rates are being brought down, then how come GST will grow by 67 per cent Chidambaram claimed that the Centre has failed the test of fiscal consolidation and will not be able to meet its fiscal deficit target in next financial year.

PTI