Thursday, August 12, 2010

PM’s autonomy remark sparks off debate

The Prime Minister’s autonomy proposal to Jammu and Kashmir has not gone well among both the opposition parties and the organizations in the strife-torn state. While the BJP slammed the Prime Minister for his comment, the Hurriyat too has rejected the Prime Minister’s peace formula. Slamming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Kashmir peace formula in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party said autonomy for the state will not be tolerated because it would mean a reversal of Kashmir's integration with India and sought an explanation. Reacting to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's Jammu and Kashmir's autonomy formula, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said all political parties must first discuss the proposal for autonomy thoroughly. The principal Opposition party in Parliament targeted the Prime Minister to explain thoroughly the meaning of autonomy and termed the comment as unfortunate. Meanwhile, there have been mixed reactions to the Prime Minister's peace appeal for Kashmir where 52 people have been killed in violence in the last eight weeks. On Tuesday, the Prime Minister said that the Centre is ready to consider the demand for autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir if there were unanimity among political parties on the issue. He also emphasised on the need to kickstart political dialogue. He also condoled the death of many young men due to violence over the past few weeks. He also appealed to the Valley's youth to renounce violence for education and help give peace a chance. On an optimistic note, the PM also announced the formation of a six-panel committee to look at generation of more jobs in the state.


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