BJP to oppose any move by Centre to `appease` separatists

Last Updated: Thursday, February 3, 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.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 21:24

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