Autonomy alone can solve J&K problem: Acting CM
7 July 2002
The Times of India
SRINAGAR: Calling for greater autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, acting Chief Minister Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah on Sunday said such a move alone could bring sustainable and everlasting solution to the Kashmir dispute. ''The demand for greater autonomy represents the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Autonomy is imperative for the economic development, prosperity and unity of the state,'' he said addressing a public meeting here. ''The state acceded with the Union of India on certain conditions and the constitution of the country guarantees special status to J and K,'' Shah, who is also housing and urban development minister, said. Accusing successive Central governments of, ''diluting the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir, which had created disenchantment among the people,'' he urged the NDA government to ''respond positively'' to the state Assembly''s resolution calling for granting of more autonomy. Stating that the ruling National Conference would continue to fight for fulfilling the wishes and political aspirations of the people of the state, Shah alleged that some forces within and outside the state were hatching a conspiracy against the party.