Autonomy resolution dropped
SRINAGAR—A resolution seeking implementation of autonomy resolution passed by the State Legislature in 2002, was dropped during the draw held to finalize the resolutions to be taken up in the Legislative Assembly, sources told Greater Kashmir on Monday.
Officials in the LA Secretariat said the resolution couldn’t make it to Business of the House in the draw held to shortlist the resolutions to be discussed. The resolution was submitted by National Conference legislator, Ali Muhammad Sagar.
According to officials, the resolution won’t be taken up in the House on June 24 and 28—the days allotted for Private Member Resolutions in the ongoing Budget session.
“14 resolutions were selected during the draw,” they said, adding seven each resolutions would be taken up in the House on the selected days. However, National Conference accused the Government of sabotaging its resolution, which it said, would have exposed the Peoples Democratic Party.
“I was kept in dark about the balloting for picking up the resolutions. It seems a deliberate move on part of the Government to scuttle the resolution,” Sagar told Greater Kashmir. “We will raise the issue in the Assembly.”
In the resolution, Sagar had urged the House to unanimously convey to Gov- ernment of India to reconsider the autonomy resolution that seeks restoration of pre-1953 position of the State. The resolution dates back to 2000.
On June 26, 2000, National Conference-led Government headed by Dr Farooq Abdullah passed the autonomy resolution on the basis of a report prepared by nine-member State Autonomy Committee (SAC). The SAC was set-up by the Government to examine the question of restoration of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Legislative Assembly, while accepting the recommendations contained in the report of SAC, demanded that the Centre and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir shall take positive and effective steps for implementing the same.
However, the Union Cabinet on July 4, 2000 termed the resolution as unacceptable, saying, “it feels that the acceptance of this resolution would set the clock back and reverse the natural process of harmonising the aspiration of the people of Jammu and Kashmir with the integrity of the nation.” In a face-saving to NC–which was then part of BJP-led NDA government—the Centre appointed Arun Jaitley as interlocutor for holding talks with NC. The talks, however, proved futile owing to obvious differences as the BJP was in-principle against granting the autonomy.—GK Report.