Parliament will decide on autonomy issue
27 June 2000
New Delhi: Whatever needs to be done on the autonomy resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly will be done by Parliament, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, told a press conference here today. ''Parliament''s composition and views of those who constitute it are known to everyone,'' he said while replying to a query on the Central Government''s reaction to the resolution seeking greater autonomy for the State. ''I presume, being a resolution of the State Assembly, it will be sent to the Central Government. The Government will then consider it. If I have something to say as the Home Minister, I will say it as part of the Government. Let the Government take a considered view,'' he said. Asked if the Jammu and Kashmir resolution had come as an embarrassment to the Government, Mr. Advani shot back: ''Embarrassment for whom?'' Further queried on the possibility of the National Conference parting ways with the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Mr. Advani said: ''The National Conference is a part of the NDA. Dr. Farooq Abdullah has not said he is not part of the NDA.'' When pointed out that Dr. Abdullah had reportedly apprised the Prime Minister about the autonomy move during his recent meeting here, Mr. Advani said, ''If at all anything has to be said on it, the Prime Minister will say it.'' Mr. Advani said the Government''s mandate was for devolution of powers in favour of the States. ''How much has to be the quantum of devolution, is a matter to be decided by the Government and Parliament.''