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PDP comes out with "self rule" document

india Updated: Oct 25, 2008 19:05 IST

Ahead of Assembly elections, the PDP on Saturday raked up its favourite "self-rule" plank, demanding that Article 356 which gives the President the authority to dismiss a state government should not be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.

A 40-page document titled 'the Self Rule Framework for Resolution" of Kashmir issue, that was released by PDP patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in presence of party president Mehbooba Mufti and senior leaders here, also demanded that the Governor of the state be elected on rotation from the Valley and Jammu.

"Government of India has to find a modus operandi to see that Article 356 is not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir. The president or the Governor should not have the powers to dismiss a government or dissolve the assembly ... It should be left to the legislature," Sayeed told reporters.

Referring to the "musings" by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the PDP patron claimed that even Vajpayee spoke of flexibility while resolving Kashmir issue.

"Jammu and Kashmir has a special status in the constitution of India ... We have as separate state constitution," Sayeed said.

The governor, he said, should be elected "for six years from jammu and for six years from the valley."

He said the legislative assembly of the state was authorised to restore the Sadr-e-Riyasat and Prime Minister before a presidential order issued in 1975 abolished that.

"Although the nomenclature does not matter, these powers should be restored to the state assembly," Sayeed said.

The party said it will take a decision in the next two days over participating in the Assembly polls which will be held in seven phases starting from November 17.