Fotedar distorting contents of '75 accord: Shafi

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/20/2013 12:53:30 AM

SRINAGAR, Jun 19: The statement of Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and senior Congress leader Makhan Lal Fotedar opposing restoration of autonomy has evoked sharp reaction from the National Conference, thus opening yet another front against the alliance partner.
NC Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha Mohammed Shafi stated that Fotedar distorted the contents of the 1975 accord to oppose the
autonomy for J&K state as demanded by National Conference party. “The accord, in fact, provides the basis for restoring Autonomy as envisaged in Article 370 of the Constitution of India. Jammu and Kashmir National Conference party in its manifestoes for election, 1977 onwards, has been persistently demanding the restoration of autonomy to the state in its original form. Is it not a fact that the former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao announced in the Parliament that to resolve the Kashmir issue “sky is the limit” so far as granting autonomy to the state within the Constitution of India is
concerned?” Shafi questioned in a statement released to the press.
He stated in 1996 the then Prime Minister of India Deve Gowda also made an announcement in the Parliament that the Union of India would restore autonomy to the state as per the Constitution of India. It was after this announcement that the J&K National Conference party participated in the Assembly elections in 1996 and thereafter, a resolution was passed in the J&K Assembly by two-third majority for restoring autonomy to the state of J&K, in its original form, as per Article 370 of the Constitution of India, Shafi said.
“Restoration of autonomy to J&K state is the political agenda of the National Conference party and any attempt to mislead the public about the National Conference party’s stand is bound to fail. One would only suggest that Fotedar should find some other issue or non-issue to make himself relevant to his friends for whom he has been lobbying in the
Congress party circles. Political circles in J&K are fully aware of the role played by the likes of Fotedar in destabilising the political situation in the state right since 1953 and as such, political lackeys have no role to play in the prevailing situation in the state,” Shafi hit out at CWC member.



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