Reiterating that the accession of J&K with India is a settled issue, the Congress has said an attempt to raise the issue of accession -- when Parliamentary and assembly elections are round the corner -- is a futile exercise on the part of vested interests who otherwise have nothing to offer to people.
"The clause 3 of the state constitution clearly states that the state of J&K is and shall be an integral part of the Union of India and to raise this issue again and again is an uncalled for attempt to hoodwink people," said Shiv Dev Singh, a former MLA, in his address to party activists at Sandhi in Dansal block on Monday.
The statement by the Congress -- which is in coalition with the National Conference in the state -- is a rebuff to the statement of chief minister Omar Abdullah who had recently told a delegation of European Union that accession of the state with the India was conditional.
He had told the delegation last month that accession was on four issues of currency, communication, foreign affairs and defence. He had also said while economic development and peace could create conducive atmosphere for dialogue process, these could not solve the basic political issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir.
The BJP had taken strong exception to this statement and had staged a walkout over it in the ongoing autumn session.
Congress leader and cabinet minister Taj Mohi-ud-din had said a number of times that Indira-Sheikh accord is a final settlement of the Kashmir issue, while NC maintains that restoring pre-1953 status is a final solution.
Shiv Dev Singh said the Congress works for the development and looks for better future and party activists must remain united to defeat the communal forces.He said the Congress is a vibrant force in all the three regions of the state.
Singh assured the workers that concerns expressed by them in the meeting about the problems being faced by people in this belt would be addressed.