Tarigami pleads for regional autonomy, self- governance

CPI(M) leader MY Tarigami addressing press conference in Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
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Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 22: Senior CPI (M) leader and former MLA, Mohd Yousuf Tarigami today pleaded for the regional autonomy, intra-regional dialogue with the motive of meeting the regional aspirations of the people from Kashmir, Ladakh and Jammu and maintained that self-governance is the only way out for the over all welfare of the State.

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While terming the statement of the Governor, Satya Pal Malik, asking militants to kill those who have looted the state exchequer and not the security men as most irresponsible, the CPI (M) leader said such remarks coming from a person sitting on such a high constitutional position are unfortunate. He said violence in no form is justified and there are law and order handling agencies, Vigilance/ ACB etc. who are performing their duty well. “Let those agencies and courts do their job, ” Tarigami said while speaking to media-persons at Press Club here today.
CPI (M) leader further said that the irreversible movement for a genuine sharing of power and self-governance is the only means to put together the State, considered to be a variant of sub-continental diversities. He said this requires a new mindset and a new culture of governance. The state, as a political entity, owes its growth to various historical and political factors. The existence of diverse ethnicities in different regions of the state, which constitutes its strength, need to be recognized. And carving out a political structure that recognizes the need to preserve the unity of the state, while fulfilling aspirations of its diverse regions, is need of the hour.
The former MLA said twin commitment to the unity of the state and to its diverse aspirations is a social, political and historical necessity. The people have bitter experiences in the aftermath of the end of dynastic rule, extending over a period of seven decades, now. In this scenario, any break in the unity of the state will have disastrous consequences. This means, there is need of federal structure, not only at the state level but in each region itself, Tarigami maintained.
He pleaded for better involvement and participation of people in different regions for a balanced political, economic, educational, social and cultural development and evolving of instrumentalities like local organs of power, at all levels, from the state to the regions, the district, the block and the village Panchayat on a democratic basis.
He cautioned the people to remain cautious from the forces communalising situation in the State.