July 2000 News

NC terms Centre’s decision as unwise

4 July 2000
The Asian Age

Srinagar: The National Conference on Tuesday reacted angrily to the Union Cabinet’s rejection of the autonomy resolution passed by Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, terming the decision as “unfortunate and unwise” and “reflective of the RSS, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal’s opposition to it.” “It is not a wise decision,” Jammu and Kashmir public works minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said, adding it was an outcome of the RSS, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal’s opposition to the autonomy to the state. Stating that the Vajpayee Cabinet had not applied its mind to the 200-page autonomy report, he said: “Let them do whatever they want, we will do what we think is proper.” “We have not asked for anything new. We want restoration of autonomy which has been eroded since 1953 and within the Constitution of the country,” Mr Sagar said. Accusing the Centre of not being sincere in the resolution of the Kashmir problem, he wondered what it would offer to Hurriyat Conference which was demanding independence and implementation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir. Speaker of the Assembly Abdul Ahad Vakil terming the decision as “unfortunate,” said: “Ours is a constitutional document passed by the state legislature, a sovereign body.” Provincial president of National Conference, Mr G.N. Shaheen, said the party would discuss the issue and decide on its next step after the return of chief minister Farooq Abdullah from Delhi. State secretary of CPI(M) and MLA, Mr M.Y. Tarigami, said the Union Cabinet should have avoided this decision which might lead to further “confrontation” between the state and the Centre. He urged the Centre and all national political parties to reconsider the matter in the interest of the nation’s unity and integrity.(PTI)

 

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