Bhim Singh for re-organisation of J&K
22 October 2000
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party president Prof Bhim Singh has demanded re-organisation of the Jammu and Kashmir State on the pattern of recently carved three new States of Uttranchal Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. He favoured hard steps on part of Centre to restore peace and normalcy in the State. Addressing a press-conference here today, Prof Singh said that re-organisation of the State on the pattern of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttranchal was must for the restoration of peace and normalcy in the State. He made it clear that creation of Uttranchal was not bifurcation but reorganisation of the Uttar Pradesh. ''We (Panthers Party) are not demanding trifurcation but reorganisation of the State'', Prof Singh said , and added that atleast 50 percent of militancy will be curbed if re-organisation of the State would be done. Launching a scathing attack on the RSS and some other pro-RSS groups, he asserted that these groups were diluting the movement of reorganisation of the J&K State by raising the issue of trifurcation. ''Reorganisation means inclusion of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit in the Jammu region as PoK is actually bifurcated part of Jammu region'', president of Panthers Party said. Pointing towards today''s visit of Union Home Minister L K Advani and Defence Minister George Fernandes to the Valley, Mr Singh apprehended that their sole aim to visit the valley at this time was to talk to militants. He, however, expressed surprise that if they ( Union Ministers) can hold dialogue with the militants ,why they were hesitating to hold talks with their master-General Pervaz Musharraf. Prof Singh claimed that Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah has lost his ability to lead the State and has ''become a liability on the state exchequer''. Farooq should be dismissed at the earliest, he demanded. Prof Singh said that Cente should take strong steps, hard operations and urgent ''surgery'' such as dismissal of Farooq Government to restore peace and normalcy in the State. During the regime of ''popular Government'' of National Conference (NC), the State has witnessed predominant militancy and killing of para-military forces continue unabated, he further said The Panthers Party chief said that his party has been working to bring all the secular and progressive minded people together so that they can fight for the reorganisation of the State. He informed that Panthers Party has been constituting public grievance cell at every district so that woes of common masses would be addressed to.