Dr Narinder lambasts NC for demanding autonomy

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 2: Dr. Narinder Singh, State general secretary, BJP joined issues with the National Conference (NC) president, Dr Farooq Abdullah for blatantly misleading the masses and speaking half-truths in the name of autonomy for the Jammu and Kashmir State.
In a statement issued here, today he said that Dr. Farooq Abdullah is pretending to be ignorant about the accord reached between his father, Sheikh Abdullah, and then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi in 1975 wherein the State could review post 1953 legislation on the concurrent list which would be sympathetically considered by the President of India. After 1975 accord Sheikh Abdullah constituted a Committee under the chairmanship of D.D. Thakur to review post 1953 legislations, he added.
He said the D.D Thakur Committee recommend that all the legislative entries made during that period are in the interest of the people of the State; hence they should not be touched. Sheikh Abdullah had accepted the findings of the Committee. Why is Farooq Abdullah silent on this historical fact, and why he did not think of autonomy after assuming the office of Chief Ministers in 1982?, asked Dr Narinder Singh.
He lambasted NC leadership for narrating half-truths thereby misleading the people of the Kashmir valley. It was under Dr. Abdullah, that elections were rigged in the State in 1983 and 1987, and rigging of elections became a cause for militancy in the State. Dr Abdullah seems to forget that Union Cabinet, of which Omar Abdullah was a part, dismissed Sate autonomy report of 2000. Why did not Omar Abdullah resign from Union Council of Ministers then, if he was not in agreement with the collective responsibility of the Union Cabinet, he added.
Dr Singh lambasted Jammu leadership of the NC and its Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana for creating ambiguity among the people of Jammu by his regional autonomy rant. He asked Devender Rana to clear his stand on the demand of reverting to pre 1953 position by his leader Farooq Abdullah.
Dr Singh also suggested that NC should accept their mistakes while governing the State and rigging the elections, and ask for forgiveness from the people of the State for their omissions and commissions.


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