Advani seeks Omar`s resignation over J&K remarks

Attacking Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his statement that the state has not merged with India but acceded to it, senior BJP leader LK Advani Sunday demanded his resignation.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 13:12 PM IST

New Delhi: Attacking Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah for his statement that the state has
not merged with India but acceded to it, senior BJP leader LK
Advani Sunday demanded his resignation, saying he is "out of
tune with the national mood".

"The demand for Omar Abdullah`s resignation that was
being made till recently was on the ground that he had totally
failed to deal with the situation in the Valley created by
stone-pelting mobs. There were elements willing to attribute
it to his administrative inexperience.

"But this latest speech of his reveals that he is not
just an administrative failure, but that in so far as J&K
is concerned, he is totally out of tune with the national
mood. The earlier he quits the better it would be for Jammu
and Kashmir as well as for the nation," Advani said in his
blog.

In his latest post entitled `An Unpardonable Gaffe`, the
BJP leader said in a sarcastic tone that the Chief Minister
"has indeed made history".

"No other chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir has ever
taken exception to anyone saying that J&K state is an
integral part of India. Omar has not only chided the BJP for
doing so but has gone further to make an assertion over which
both the separatists in the state as well as the Pakistani
media have gone into raptures," Advani said.

"In his Assembly speech, Omar Abdullah also referred
critically to BJP`s demand for repeal of Article 370," Advani
said, adding that even in the separate Constitution that J&K has by virtue of Article 370, it is written that the state
of Jammu and Kashmir is and shall be an integral part of the
Union of India.

"Fact is that all the over 500 princely states, including
Hyderabad and Junagarh which Omar specifically mentioned as
being different from Jammu and Kashmir, have become integral
parts of India after independence and had signed the same
Instrument of Accession that Jammu and Kashmir signed," he
said.

Advani said that his party has always been committed to
`Ek Pradhan, Ek Nishan and Ek Vidhan` (One President, One Flag
and One Constitution).

He said that while the first two objectives, namely `One
President and One Flag` have already been accomplished, his
party is "determined" to achieve the third objective of one
Constitution.

PTI