BJP takes on PMs Kashmir autonomy remark

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 13 2010, 04:44am hrs
The BJP has criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement on Jammu and Kashmir autonomy and said autonomy for the state was not an option. The BJP in Parliament on Wednesday said it was unfortunate that the autonomy debate had been reignited.

Party MP Yogi Adityanath said such announcements helped terrorists, separatists and lowered the morale of the security forces.

Senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu said: Whatever is possible within the Constitution without compromising the sovereignty of India and without comprising on Kashmir being apart of the country, the BJP is open to discuss it.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister had said the Centre was ready to consider the demand for autonomy if political parties were unanimous on the issue and that it was within the ambit of the Constitution.

The National Conference, led by the Abdullahs, has demanded autonomy for the state. Whereas, the PDP led by the Muftis, wants self-rule.

However, both the parties as well as the Hurriyat Conference, have said they were open to the dialogue process. The Mirwaiz faction of the Hurriyat Conference has requested for an autonomous undivided Jammu and Kashmir with open borders. The Geelani faction of the Hurriyat has demanded referendum or UN resolution.

Singh had appealed to the people of Kashmir to shun violence and said he can feel the pain and understand the anger and frustration that is bringing young people out on the streets of Kashmir. Singh had called for an end to the 'cycle of violence' and said he was willing to work out a political devolution package within the ambit of the Constitution if there was a consensus on autonomy.