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Nehru responsible for Kashmir problem: Jaitley
Vikas Sharma
JAMMU, Jul 6: Reiterating its old stand the Bharitya Janta Party (BJP) senior leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley has asserted that the first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru is responsible for the Kashmir problem.

Jaitley was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Dr Shyma Prasad Mookherjee Bhavan at Jammu today, the occasion being the birthday of Mookerjee.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that Sardar Patel in independent India made a single line strategy to unite 535 districts under an umbrella, but Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah prevailed upon only one state of Jammu and Kashmir while extending it a different status.

“History in its second decision has to pick one line of course from the two strategies and mandate of people of India would be important in decision making policy either to embrace separatism or respect Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee’s verdict of one flag, one president and one legislation ,” said Arun Jaitley .

He further informed that Nehru at first instance assured that the issue of special status to the state is a temporary provision and will get erased in a phased way, but on the day of debate over the issue in Parliament, Nehru skipped and the entire discussion was rounded up within no time without any conclusive decision on it.

“The Nehru-Sheikh accord granting separate status to Jammu and Kashmir has boosted the rise of separatists’ ideology in the valley which in turn is using little children and youth as sacrificial lambs to satiate their ill designs. Also the various state agendas of political parties like demand for separate status by Cong, Autonomy by NC and Self Rule by PDP too satiate the needs of separatism in big way and are harming the state’s integrity to India”, he said.

Slamming the interlocutors’ report, he said while reading between the lines, one can easily gauge that report submitted by them besides being full of shortcomings is full of sops for separatists. “Separatists can smile on this report and not a nationalist,” he said.

He expressed astonishment while saying that since the report is flawlessly praising the agendas of separatists, it never hinted at the import of terrorism in the state from across the border that has ruined the state as well as the nation.

“While interlocutors advocate for opening of the borders, they do not say on stopping the cross border terrorism,” Jaitley said.

He also expressed his apprehensions on the interlocutors’ findings on the Art 370 as blasphemous and included that the three persons put on job ‘tried smart’ by saying that a Constitutional Committee (CC) should be set up to review all the central Acts that have been extended to the state of Jammu and Kashmir since 1952.

With the fundamental Islamic group 'Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir' issuing a dress code advisory for tourists in the valley forbidding short or tight clothes and asking the tourism department to enforce it, he asked the Jammu and Kashmir Government to deal with the former severely.

"These are organizations, which are always trying to create disruptive activities in the state and therefore, it is for the state government to deal with them with a heavy hand," Jaitley said.

On the occasion, the senior party leaders including National General Secretary (Org.) Ram Lal, National General Secretary & MP Jagat Prakash Nadda, J&K State Prabhari Jagdish Mukhi, Seh Prabharis Dr. Anil Jain and R.P. Singh were also present along with the state leaders including, BJP State President, Shamsher Singh Manhas and National Executive member, Dr Jitendra Singh.

News Updated at : Saturday, July 7, 2012
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