July 2002 News

Demand not for division but reorganisation of J&K: RSS

20 July 2002
The Hindustan Times

Dehra dun: The RSS, which is spearheading a campaign for trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday said its demand was not aimed at division of the state, but reorganisation on the lines of carving out of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh from Punjab. ''Our demand for separate statehood for all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir is a step towards their bright future and it should not be seen as a division of that state but as its reorganisation,'' senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar said at a book release function. The demand for separate statehood for Jammu, Kashmir and Ladhak regions was based on the geographic, historic and development conditions of those areas, Kumar, who was instrumental in RSS adopting the resolution for trifurcation last month at Kurukshetra, said. Moreover, such a step would help scrap the controversial Article 370 giving special status to the state, he said. ''We do not understand as to why Jammu and Kashmir should enjoy a special status as well as separate constitution especially when majority of its people belonging to Jammu and Ladhak regions want to do away with them.'' Accusing the Kashmiri leadership of ''grossly discriminating'' against the interest of other areas of the state, Jammu in particular, he said legislature system the state is such that despite equal distribution of population, Jammu gets only 37 seats against 46 of Kashmir. ''Official statistics show Jammu region is bigger in size as compared to Kashmir. Population of Jammu is only four lakhs less than that of Kashmir, but the distribution of assembly seats are such that Jammu has only 37 seats against 46 of Kashmir,'' he said. Also it is Jammu which is contributing more revenue to the state, he added.


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