July 2000 News

NC yet to change stand on autonomy:Farooq

23 July 2000
Times of India

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah claimed on Sunday that there was no change in the stand of the National Conference on autonomy issue. ''The autonomy report resolution passed by the state assembly is our line on the issue,'' he clarified. Reacting to reports attributing statements to him that 1953 was not a lakshman rekha, Abdullah said the NC leaders would remove the misgivings on autonomy demand. He asked people not to pay heed to newspaper reports giving an impression that the state government had changed its stand on autonomy. According to him, the disinformation campaign on the report needed to be countered. The state government had faulted by not presenting its case before the country 15 months ago, when the report was presented in the state assembly in April 1999. Abdullah said he would continue his visits to different parts of the country to remove the misgivings on the autonomy issue. He has already covered south India, except Kerala and said his next targets were Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Assam. Abdullah was speaking at a function where Union minister of state for commerce and industry Omar Abdullah presented ten ambulances to different hospitals in Srinagar and Budgam


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