J&K's Accession With India Is 'complete': Karan Singh22 October 2010
Jammu: Endorsing the statement of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, senior Congress leader Karan Singh on Friday said accession of the state with the nation is 'complete' and no one should have any doubt about it. 'Accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India is absolutely complete with a special status granted to it. Anybody should not have any iota of doubt about it. Accession is full and final,' Singh told reporters here on the sidelines of a book release function. Singh, who is the son of the last king of Jammu and Kashmir Maharaja Hari Singh, who signed the Instrument of Accession with the Union of India, said, '(J&K's) Accession was similar to that of other states like Hyderabad and Mysore but with Special Status (granted) under article 370 of the Constitution'. 'All of the rulers entered into merger agreements. Jammu and Kashmir did not merge thats why we have our own constitution and that is why we have article 370,' Singh said. Regarding the comments of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the state's accession, Singh said 'I am not commenting upon his statement. The actual position in this is that the Instrument of Accession signed by my father was the same instrument signed by all other (Princely) states'. 'I do not want to go into the details or legality of the situation. But let us place a fullstop on any further controversy over the issue,' Singh said. He said he would like to 'put things straight by saying that a document of accession was signed by the Late Maharaja and by virtue of which the state has become a part of India'. The Congress MP released a 161-page Dogri novel on the social and rural theme of India authored by senior police officer and Dogri writer Shailender Singh.