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Sonia needs to come clear on autonomy issue: APSCC
JAMMU, Jun 19: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to come clear on the statement of senior Congress leader Makhan Lal Fotedar that there was no scope for autonomy for the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

In a statement, APSCC chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina said that clarification from the Congress president would make the things clear to the people of state. Jagmohan said that this would also bring to fore the official stand of Congress party on giving autonomy to the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

“Fotedar’s statement has created confusion among the people and it needs to be cleared by the Congress high command. Only the party president could make it clear whether he was speaking on behalf of party or in his personal capacity. If it is the stand of party then Congress should make it clear to the National Conference that there is no scope for autonomy in the state,” said Jagmohan.

The APSCC chairman said that disciplinary action should be taken against Fotedar if he was speaking in his personal capacity and not as a Congress leader. He said the Congress leaders had in the past said that they were ready to look into options that would act as confidence building measures for the people of state.

“Congress stalwart and former Prime Minister Narsimha Rao had said that sky was the limit when it came to satisfying the political aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. The statement of Fotedar seems to go contrary to the view held by the Congress leaders in the past and as such the records needed to be set straight so that there was no more confusion among the ranks of public,” said Jagmohan.

The APSCC chairman said that people of the state more so the minorities had to face the brunt of conflicting statements in the past with the members of a minority community forced to leave the Kashmir valley. He said Sikhs always maintained the rich cultural ethos of state and they had every right to seek answer from the Congress high command about the statement of Fotedar.

News Updated at : Thursday, June 20, 2013
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