BJP strongly condemns the suggestion made by interlocutors to give additional powers to the state to assert its “independent character”.
It is unfortunate that the interlocutors instead of suggesting steps for greater integration of the state with the rest of the country are making suggestions that are bowing to the demands of the separatists. The people of Jammu & Kashmir have repeatedly demonstrated that they stand for closer links with rest of the country by rejecting the poll boycott calls by the separatists. This report by the interlocutors, coming in the backdrop of overwhelming voter turnout in the Panchayat polls rejecting the boycott calls of the separatists, is very unfortunate.
BJP stands for establishing deeper linkages between the state of Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of the country. Following the vision laid out by Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, BJP has always followed the policy that “Ek desh mein do nishan, do vidhaan, do pradhan nahin chalenge”. BJP expects the current UPA government to respect the steps taken by Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi for abrogation of title of Prime Minister ( Vazire Azam) for the state of J&K. Successive Congress and National Conference governments have followed the policy of separate status for Jammu & Kashmir which fueled the movement for separatism. BJP demands the abrogation of Article 370 to remove the separate status privilege to the state of J&K. We also demand the government to take steps for restoring an environment that is conducive for the Kashmiri Pandits to return back to their roots. We also demand the implementation of the unanimous resolution passed by the parliament to take back the areas of Kashmir under illegal occupation of Pakistan.
Narendra Singh Rawat
Office secy,BJP state office, Dehra Dun