Staff Correspondent

Self-rule, autonomy for region opposed

Parishad demands abrogation of Article 370

Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, security demanded

DAVANGERE: The Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has criticised two of the four recommendations of the Fifth Working Group constituted by the Prime Minister to study ways and means of strengthening relations between the State and the Centre in the context of Jammu and Kashmir.

If implemented, these would further the constitutional rift between the two, creating total anarchy in the State, they said.

Talking to presspersons here on Monday, ABVP national secretary N. Ravikumar said that the group, which was led by Sageer Ahmed, recommended self-rule and autonomy for the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the nature of the pre-1953 status.

When Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of the country, how could self-rule and autonomy be given, he asked.

Tackling terrorism, economic development, correction of regional imbalances, rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri pandits were some of the immediate steps that should be taken to strengthen the relationship between Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre, Mr. Ravikumar said. These recommendations were ill-conceived, he said.

Mr. Ravikumar said that BJP leader Arun Jaitley had written a letter to the chairman of the group, questioning the basis of the suggestions and stated that the problems in Jammu and Kashmir could be solved only if there was peace and harmony in the State and terrorism was eliminated.

Mr. Jaitley had also recommended the abrogation of Article 370 and complete integration of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into the Indian Union and decentralisation of powers within the State to regions such as Jammu and Ladakh.

Barrier

Mr. Jaitley stated that Article 370 was a psychological barrier between a constituent State and the Indian Union and also continued to act as a political barrier.

It prevented the economic development of the State and was deterrent for potential investors, Mr. Ravikumar said.

The ABVP would stage protests all over the State on December 30 demanding that the Centre reject the recommendations of the group in the best interests of the country and Jammu and Kashmir, he said. ABVP leader Vinay Bidare was present.

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