Vinay Kumar

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday rejected the report of the Prime Minister’s Working Group, which has recommended autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was an “improperly prepared” document intended to convey the government’s willingness to “dilute” its position on the State.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, who was a member of the Working Group, said the Centre should not act on the report on the “sensitive political issue,” as it was not based on consensus but was “unilaterally authored.”

He said the last meeting of the 21-member group, headed by the former Supreme Court judge, Justice Saghir Ahmed, was held on September 3, 2007, and it had virtually been abandoned since then.

What was the compulsion for bypassing the Working Group and producing the report? “It is surprising that this Group has come out with the report on various important and sensitive issues,” Mr. Jaitley said. It was “improper for a retired judge to have drafted a report on sensitive political subjects impinging on national sovereignty, that too two years after the last meeting of the Group without bothering to discuss it with any member.”