Restoration Of Autonomy Is Closed Chapter: Cong

Restoration Of Autonomy Is Closed Chapter: Cong

2 July 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Calling restoration of autonomy ‘a closed chapter’, the State Congress Monday said there is no need to alter or amend the central laws extended to the state post-1953. “There is no room for discussion on issue of autonomy”, senior congress leader and cabinet minister Taj Mohiuddin told a local news gathering agency, KNs. He said the matter has been settled long back between the two political stalwarts- Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Abdullah in the 1975 accord. Taj said Sheikh Abdullah became the Chief Minister of the State on basis of the 1975 accord reached between Mirza Afzal Beigh and G Parthashastry. “The question of autonomy was settled for ever and we cannot overrule the agreement endorsed by great leaders - Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Indira Gandhi,” he said. Defending the central laws extended to the State after 1953, he said he agrees with the D D Thakur report on the issue. “The central laws ensure safety of the people of the state. The authority of Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Supreme Court of India is necessary to ensure free and fair elections apart from transparent governance in the state”. However, the minister conceded that government can review the laws extended to the State as recommended by the interlocutors. “Congress will guarantee upholding of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. I swear by Constitution of India, of which the Article 370 is a part. Our party manifesto promises safety of Article 370 and we will stick to it,” he said. Casting aspersion on Justice Sagheer report, Taj said, “There was nothing new in the report. Justice Sagheer Working Group has simply submitted the documents prepared by different political parties of the State to the government. The Working Group has not come forward with specific recommendations”. He said the Working Group was authorized to take decisions and come forward with its recommendations. “It has simply reproduced the documents and inputs provided by different political parties of the state in their original shape”, he said adding WG has neither delved into the concept of autonomy nor the self rule in its 18 point document. Taj said the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) set up to study the implications of the report has submitted its interim report to the cabinet based on the 18 points of the Justic Sagheer WG after evolving consensus.