Congress opposes fresh delimitation exercise in J and K

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) Denouncing the BJP stand seeking fresh delimitation of the Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the Assembly elections, the Congress Party today said the main Opposition Party had exhibited its "utter political irresponsibility" by raising the issue when the state continued to be tense and volatile.

"It shows its utter callousness," AICC Spokesman Abishek Manu Singhvi told mediapersons, while accusing the BJP of fishing in torubled waters.

Taking a strong view on the Jammu and Kashmir situation, the BJP today asked the UPA government to undertake delimitation exercises to set right the anamoly seen in three regions of Jammu and Kashmir state.

Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said earlier in the day that the blatant discrimination against Jammu and Ladakh regions in terms of number of Assembly seats in Kashmir valley and Jammu regions needed to be corrected like any other state in the country.

Dr Singhvi said it was for all to rise above petty politics at this critical juncture and act for India and act as Indians.

"On the one hand, we have the statesmanship shown by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in reaching out to all and calling all political parties in an unique initiative, the purpose of which is non-partisan and to restore peace." "On the other hand, we have divisive politics and provocative speeches by elements seeking political advantage both in Jammu and also Kashmir," he said, while indirectly condemning the stand taken by the BJP in the vexed Amarnath land issue.

"This is not only not in India's interests, but also anti India." He said the BJP's statements showed that the cat was out of the bag.

"It shows that they have not forgotten petty politics in moments of such crisis." "Instead of trying to be part of the solution process, the BJP, which did not secure single seat in the last elections, should not use it as a spring board for furthering its political career." "Setting the Jammu and Kashmir in fire, such inflammatory suggestion will be self destructive and clearly playing in the Pakistan's hands." Asked if the Congress favoured early election to the state assembly in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Singhvi said this was not the time to talk about election." This is the time to bring peace and harmony and not the time for election and electoral politics." He said the Congress was not playing politics in Jammu and Kashmir. It was this government which had taken the bold intiiative of bringing all poltical parties together to resolve the issue.

Asked if there was a lapse on the part of the Home Minister Shivraj Patil, he said he had taken a unique initiative.


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