Suggestions to give more powers to J&K unfortunate: BJP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 19:53
Dehradun: BJP on Wednesday described as "very unfortunate" the reported suggestions made by central interlocutors that additional powers be given to Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is very unfortunate that the interlocutors instead of suggesting steps for greater integration of Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of the country are making suggestions of giving additional powers to that state to assert its independent character," BJP's national spokesperson Tarun Vijay told reporters here.

In this regard, he said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have repeatedly demonstrated that they stand for closer links with rest of the country by rejecting the poll boycott calls by separatists.

"This report by the interlocutors, coming in the backdrop of overwhelming voter turnout in the panchayat polls is very unfortunate," Vijay, also a Rajya Sabha MP, said.

The interlocutors favour a political solution that "upholds and fine-tunes the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 (of the Constitution), which means giving additional powers to the state so it can assert its independent character," a newspaper report quoted Dileep Padgaonkar, who heads the three-member team of interlocutors, as saying.

The BJP leader said the party stands for establishing deeper linkages between J&K and rest of the country.

Vijay alleged that successive governments in J&K had followed the policy of separate status for the state which fuelled the movement of separatism.

He said the party demanded the abrogation of Article 370 and asserted the centre should take steps for restoring a conducive environment for return of Kashmiri Pandits.


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 19:53

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