Mufti Rules Out Trifurcation Of J&K
17 March 2003
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday ruled out trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir and said 'there is no question of trifurcation, bifurcation or disintegration' of the state. Sayeed justified grant of Hill Councils for Leh and Kargil saying that the Ladakh region remained land locked and lagged in development in the past. 'Since similar conditions do not exist in other regions, there is no justification for suggesting similar councils for other areas,' Sayeed told the assembly. He said his government has removed injustice caused to the people of Ladhakh region by fully empowering the existing Hill Council for Leh and declared that a Hill Council with similar powers for Kargil would be in place by June next. 'This is in true spirit of the act under which the Leh council was set up,' the Chief Minister said. The Chief Minister assured the house that his government was committed to removing discrimination meted out to people and said 'we have come here to do justice to all'. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri said there was no proposal before the government for establishement of such councils in other areas of the state. He said despite closure of areas like Karnah, Gurez, Machhil during the winter months, the standard of life of the people living in these areas has improved considerably. He denied that the people of these areas have been deprived of the basic facilities of life for the last 50 years. VHP and RSS have been demanding a separate state of Jammu, Kashmir and a Union Territory status for Ladakh.