Wazir-e-Azam For Kashmir: Ruckus In LA17 March 2011
Jammu: The opposition BJP and National Panthers Party Thursday staged walkout from the Assembly over the issue of interlocutors reportedly suggesting to the Centre for restoration of posts of Prime Minister and the President in Jammu and Kashmir. During the Zero Hour, NPP MLA Harshdev Singh drew the attention of Speaker, Mohammad Akbar Lone, towards media reports about the Centre-appointed interlocutors’ recommendation on restoration of posts of Wazir-e-Azam (Prime Minister) and Sadar-e-Riyasat (President) for Kashmir. Following this, opposition members including from BJP led by its Legislative Party Leader Chaman Lal Gupta, JKNPP and JSM stood up to protest against the report terming it as “anti-India” and accused the interlocutors of crossing their mandate. “You cannot turn the clock back to pre-1953. We condemn such a report. It is anti-national and anti-India. It is a plot to separate JK from India. Kashmir is being projected as a separate sovereign country. We oppose and condemn such recommendations,” Harsh Dev said. The Peoples Democratic Party MLA, Nizam-ud-Din Bhat said that interlocutors were appointed by the Center. “Recommendations and briefs is a matter between the Center and the interlocutors. Until the recommendations are made public, no one has right to oppose.” The BJP MLA, Jugal Kishor demanded a resolution be passed in the House to reject the recommendations of the interlocutors. “We won’t allow state to go back 50 years,” he added. The MLA Langate, Engineer Rasheed said that clock had been stopped in 1953 and it has to be restarted. The National Conference MLA Shameema Firdous said, “Let us see which way the clock goes after the submission of the report.” She also said that interlocutors were appointed by the Center and not the State. This sparked another wave of protest by opposition members who created ruckus in the House and later staged a walkout in protest. “We will oppose such a recommendation. We want full and final integration of Jammu and Kashmir with rest of the country,” Harsh Dev said and warned that there would be serious repercussions if the Centre thinks on the lines of the interlocutors. The BJP leader and MLA, Ashok Khajuria, told reporters in the Assembly lawns that such move would not be tolerated by the people of Jammu. “Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. BJP has always opposed Dou Pradhan (two Prime Ministers), Dou Vidhan (two constitutions) and Dou Nishan (two flags). We condemn interlocutors anti-India and anti-national recommendation. They have crossed the lines of their mandate,” he said. Khajuria alleged that NC and PDP were trying to take over each other to please fundamentalist forces. “Stone pelters, anti-India and pro-Pak forces get encouraged by such recommendations. We will take this matter to peoples court,” he announced. The NPP leader Harsh Dev also addressed the media in the Assembly lawns. “By changing nomenclature how interlocutors think situation will improve in Kashmir? It can satisfy ego of an individual but can do no good to the people of the state,” he said. “This is prejudice to national integration and national interests,” he alleged. Some newspapers had earlier carried reports about interlocutors recommending to reinstate the posts of Prime Minister and President instead of Chief Minister and Governor.