BJP to oppose any move by Centre to `appease` separatists
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 03, 2011, 21:24
New Delhi: BJP today said it will oppose any move by the Centre to "appease" separatists, including renaming the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir as 'sadr-e-riyasat' and said no solution to the problem could be found till Congress admits to its mistakes made towards the strife-torn state.

"We will oppose if any decision is taken in favour of separatists such as renaming Governor as 'Sadr-e-Riyasat', bringing autonomy, giving certain rights of the Centre to the state...," leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said here.

He said the Centre has only a few rights in case of Jammu and Kashmir like defence, security, telecom, currency, foreign policy, jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and counter- terrorism measures.

"You want to make the Centre so weak that it cannot keep the nation united," he said, pointing out that Jammu and Kashmir has its own flag and constitution.

Addressing a gathering of BJP workers at the Delhi BJP headquarters, he said if Congress fails to "honestly analyse whether the 63-year-old policy of Jawaharlal Nehru was wrong or not, and till the time they honestly admit the mistake, we will not be able to move a step forward towards the solution of the problem."

He said the history will make a "cruel judgement" on whether the views of late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru or BJP ideologue Shyama Prasad Mookerjee were correct.

He said in relation to BJP's stand on Jammu and Kashmir, the party is largely isolated in political circles. "But it is a majestic isolation," he said, adding that privately even some Congress leaders support his party's stand.

Slamming Home Minister P Chidambaram for "misleading" people on the issue of "silent dialogue" to solve the Jammu and Kashmir issue, Jaitley said no forward movement has been made on the issue.

He also criticised the UPA government for not denying a recent statement by former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf that through "back channel diplomacy" India and Islamabad had almost reached an agreement to provide joint administrative control to Jammu and Kashmir and PoK.

"I hope it is not true. But why has the government failed to deny his statement," he said.

The BJP leader claimed that while the National Conference favoured pre-1953 status for the state where Governor is replaced by 'Sadr-e-Riyasat' and Supreme Court had no jurisdiction, the PDP wanted self-rule and demilitarisation which will help separatists and terrorists to move freely. He said such a move will "weaken the Line of Control" between India and Pakistan.


First Published: Thursday, February 03, 2011, 21:24

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