Assembly rejects J&K trifurcation
16 July 2002
The Asian Age
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Tuesday rejected outright the idea of trifurcating the state on regional or communal lines floated by the RSS and VHP recently or their offshoot operating from within. Members cutting across party lines expressed their anguish at such proposals being made out and warned the Centre of their ramifications. ''The people of Jammu and Kashmir rejected Jinnah’s two- nation theory and despite being a Muslim-majority state acceded to India in 1947, and if the state is now divided on religious or regional lines, it would only prove the decision taken by our elders then was wrong,'' pleaded National Conference’s Mir Saifullah. However, the BJP members who spoke on a motion moved by a ruling party legislator Syed Abdur Rashid urged the need of looking into the grievances of people from Jammu and Ladakh so that the voices of dissent were not raised from these two regions. They sought to put the successive state governments at blame for ''ignoring'' these two regions in development works and even equated the National Conference’s demand for greater autonomy with Hurriyat Conference’s independence movement and RSS and VHP’s trifurcation talk. Chief minister Farooq Abdullah was, however, unimpressed by their argument. He vowed to get the greater autonomy or the pre-1953 constitutional position to the state.