Greater J&K au­ton­omy only so­lu­tion, says Chi­dambaram

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Call­ing for a “unique po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion” in vi­o­lence­hit Kash­mir, for­mer Union home min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram on Wed­nes­day said the gov­ern­ment should re­vert to the “orig­i­nal terms” un­der which the state ac­ceded to In­dia in 1947 and al­low Kash­miris to frame their own laws within the am­bit of the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion.

“We ig­nored the grand bar­gain un­der which J&K ac­ceded to In­dia... we broke our prom­ises, we broke our faith and we paid a price for 40 years... Turn the clock back all the way to 1947 and the orig­i­nal terms of ac­ces­sion to the ex­tent that is to­day pos­si­ble,” the se­nior Congress leader and Ra­jya Sabha MP said in a TV in­ter­view.

His re­marks came as the Val­ley en­tered Day 12 of a cur­few im­posed af­ter pro­test­ers took to the streets against the killing of Hizbul Mu­jahideen com­man­der Burhan Wani. More than 40 peo­ple have been killed in the en­su­ing clashes with se­cu­rity forces and scores have been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tals with pel­let in­juries.

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