JAMMU, Aug 2: The Congress Party today cautioned the Modi Government not to take any decision that would precipitate trouble in the J&K and asked it to maintain the special Constitutional guarantees given to the State.
The Policy Planning Group of the Congress on Kashmir, which met in the Union Capital this evening under the chairmanship of former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, advised the Union Government not to fiddle with the special status of the Jammu and Kashmir.
“There was deep concern expressed at the continuous reports emanating from both the Union Home Ministry and the State Government which were creating an atmosphere of panic and apprehension about the intentions of the Government,” an official statement said.
It said the “massive build-up” of security forces, curtailment of the Shri Amarnath Yatra, also the unprecedented advisories being issued to the tourists, yatris and other civilians, are all creating an atmosphere of heightened insecurity and fear.
The Congress statement said, “The Group urged the Government not to take any decision which would precipitate a deep crisis.”
“The Group also discussed the widespread fear and apprehension in the minds of the people across the State of J&K about Government’s intentions of abolishing Articles 35-A and 370. They reiterated the considered policy of the Congress Party and asked the Government to maintain the Constitutional guarantees given to the State of Jammu & Kashmir,” it said.
Later, talking to media-persons, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior AICC leader Ghulam Nabi said that massive build up of security forces, curtailment of Amarnath Yatra and also unprecedented advisories being issued by the Home Ministry to the tourists, pilgrims and civilians are creating an atmosphere of fear in the State.
“We urge the Govt of India not to take any decision which would precipitate a deep crisis,” Azad cautioned.
The Policy Planning Group meeting on Kashmir was attended among others by State’s former ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat’ Dr Karan Singh, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Home Minister P Chidambaram, Congress in-charge for J&K affairs Ambika Soni, CWC member Tariq Hamid Karra, JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmed Mir and former CLP Leader Nawang Rigzin Jora.
The Congress Core Group monitors the situation in the Jammu and Kashmir and comes out with policy planning and suggestions on behalf of the Congress party, a party spokesman said.