J&K integral part of India: Congress

Amid furore over J&K CM Omar Abdullah`s recent speech in the assembly, Congress on Friday maintained that the state is an integral part of India and asked all political parties to exercise caution while airing their views.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 20:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid furore over Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s recent speech in the assembly,
Congress on Friday maintained that the state is an integral part
of India and asked all political parties to exercise caution
while airing their views on the situation there.
"Since 1947 till now Congress has always been firm that
the state is an integral party of India and will remain so,"
party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

His comments came two days after Omar`s remarks that J-K
had not merged with India but only acceded to it under certain
conditions, which invited sharp reactions.

Tewari, however, refrained from commenting specifically
on Omar`s remarks.

"I have not had the occasion to peruse his entire
speech," he said, adding sometimes there are extrapolations in
what one actually says and in what context.
When pointed out that senior BJP leader Murli Manohar
Joshi has flayed Omar saying his remarks give rise to several
apprehensions and amounts to backing the separatists, Tewari
said, "things have returned to normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir
after a long time and it is the responsibility of all
mainstream parties to ensure that any statement on the issues
concerning the state is given responsibly and with caution."

He, however, refused to say whether the suggestion also
applies to Omar.

PTI