No fresh proposals on autonomy: Farooq
20 July 2000
HYDERABAD: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today maintained that it was ''a misnomer'' to say that the National Conference Government was demanding a return to the pre-1953 situation in his State. Here to garner support for autonomy, he was talking to presspersons prior to his meeting with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu. Dr. Abdullah said a series of events had occurred since 1947 to 1955 relating to Jammu and Kashmir and it was wrong to describe them as ''pre-1953 situation''. Dr. Abdullah insisted that he had not received any communication from the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, seeking a fresh set of proposals on the autonomy issue. ''Let us work on the present set of proposals which have been framed over three years,'' he said. The Chief Minister, who is leaving for Chennai on Friday to hold talks with his Tamil Nadu counterpart, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, said the aim of his visit to Hyderabad was to brief Mr. Naidu and his Cabinet colleagues on the J&K Assembly''s resolution and dispel misgivings. ''I want to find ways and means for a solution to the problem,'' he added. Dr. Abdullah, who was accompanied by three ministerial colleagues, said he had called on the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, this morning to apprise him about the facts. Dr. Abdullah said he expected regional parties such as the TDP and the DMK to bring pressure on the Centre to implement the autonomy proposals.