Autonomy For J&K Can Be Discussed

Updated: May 24 2002, 05:30am hrs
Mr Vajpayee on Thursday expressed the Centres willingness to consider the question of autonomy for Jammu & Kashmir.

We had not set aside the resolution on autonomy (passed by the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly) without giving it a thought.

We were ready for talks. We are ready for talks even now, he said addressing a press conference at the end of his three-day visit to the state.

He said the Centre had asked state chief minister Farooq Abdullah as to what was coming in the way of rapid development of the state and whether any of the constitutional provisions were becoming an obstacle in this regard when he had raised the autonomy issue.

Mr Vajpayee said he had expressed readiness to remove such obstacles.