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No consensus on PM group rpt on J-K autonomy: BJP, CPM

Last Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 18:29

Jammu: The recommendation for granting
more autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir by a Prime Minister`s group
today came under fire from political parties which said no
consensus was evolved on the report.

CPI-M state Secretary Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami expressed
ignorance about the submission of the report. "It`s news to me
that we have arrived at a consensus when we never met in the
last two years".

Justice (retd) Sagir Ahmed submitted his report to state
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah last evening recommending that
the Centre could examine granting more autonomy to the state
in accordance with National Conference proposal for the same.

While pointing out that he was not against granting of
more autonomy to the state, Tarigami said there should have
been a meeting before coming to a conclusion.

In New Delhi, BJP dubbed the report of the Working Group
as a "farce" and said the document had been prepared without
consulting the members of the working group.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who is also a member of
the group, said he will write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
expressing his reservations about the report.

The last meeting of this Group was held in September
2007. No meeting has been held since, Jaitley added.

The group was set up in May 2006 for strengthening
relations between the state and the Centre.


First Published: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 18:29
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