NC delegation meets Home Minister

Jammu—National Conference on Tuesday said that regional autonomy to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh is a way forward to satiate aspirations of the people in three distinct regions of the State.

“We strongly believe that autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and regional autonomy to the three regions with autonomous administrative structures for sub-regions on the pattern of Ladakh Hill Development Councils can defeat nefarious designs of the forces, who want trifurcation of the state for their petty political interests”, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana said in a 40-minute interactive session with Union Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh while leading a 25-member delegation of National Conference here this morning.

 He said National Conference will support every move, aimed at bringing peace in the state, provided these take care of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and unique identity of its people. He expressed satisfaction over assurance of the Union Home Minister on Article 35A, hoping that this will be reflected by sincerity with which Government of India will defend the case in Supreme Court of India.

 “The Attorney General of India must be asked to submit a forceful counter in the apex court to safeguard Article 35A which is endorsement of the law enacted by Maharja Hari Singh Ji 90 years ago”, the Provincial President said, adding that the assurance by the Home Minister is actually appreciation of concerns of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh which they demonstrated vehemently and unequivocally after irresponsible statements coming from certain responsible quarters in the ruling party at the Centre and in the State. The people of the state feel vindicated on their stand as the assurance has scotched every apprehension, he added.

Rana said a hope has been rekindled in Jammu and Kashmir by the words of wisdom delivered from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, emphasizing the issues in the sensitive state cannot be addressed by Goli or Gaali. He hoped that the sincerity shown in embracing the suffering people of the state will fructify on ground.

The Provincial President said the five C’s—compassion, communication, co-existence, confidence building and consistency—asserted by the Home Minister in Srinagar can be well seen as manifestation of what the Prime Minister told the nation on Jammu and Kashmir.

 The Provincial President dwelt in detail about the prevailing misgovernance, administrative paralysis due to lack of political direction and developmental inertia, saying the past three years have been traumatic for the people of the state, which gave massive mandate to the ruling dispensation. He said the people were genuinely feeling betrayed and let-down as nothing is visible on ground with regard to development and progress.

 On the issue of Rohingyas, the Provincial President reiterated the stand of National Conference and said that the Centre can take a call on this issue under Foreign Nationals Act and the UN Charter.


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