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PDP's self rule is a mirror image of Dixon Plan: Congress

Congress leadership in Jammu and Kashmir perceives the self rule doctrine of its ally PDP as the imported recipe to divide the Himalayan state, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 17:15 IST
Arun Joshi

Congress leadership in Jammu and Kashmir perceives the self rule doctrine of its ally PDP as the imported recipe to divide the Himalayan state.

"It is a mirror image of Dixon Formula", state's seniormost Congress leader and Health and education minister Mangat ram Sharma told Hindustan Times.

Dixon, an American, had suggested the division of the state on communal lines in the 1950s.

He said PDP is seeking to weaken the relationship of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country. Besides, self rule would ignite the forces of communalism and cause huge loss to the secular fabric of the country.

"I don't know why PDP is not understanding this."

Health minister said, "if you have elected the Governor, that implies that the Centre's control over Jammu and Kashmir would be lost. What would happen if there is a constitutional break down, an emergency situation and financial emergency. If there is a rebellion, who would control that," he posed a series of questions underlining why the Congress in the state is opposing PDP's version of self rule.

Sharma who along with Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and other party leaders is in the forefront of defining the "dangers in self rule", reminded former Chief Minister and PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sadar-e-Riyasat was replaced with the Governor by none else but his political gurus Ghulam Mohammed Sadiq and DP Dhar.

Mufti was in the Congress for over five decades. He was regarded as a protégé of DP Dhar, an astute diplomat and politician of the country.

"It was during their period that central laws beneficial for the state were extended to Jammu and Kashmir. Even Shiekh Abdullah could not raise any objection to that", Sharma said.

Taking strong exception to PDP's vow to revert to the days and times of the 16th century Kashmiri emperor Yusuf Shah Chak, Mangat Ram said, "PDP is taking about Yusuf Shah Chak who ruled over the valley. What about the  regions of Jammu and Ladakh. What is this nonsense. I don't understand."

"In simple words, it is anti-national."

He said: "It is our moral and patriotic duty to oppose self rule." He felt so  strongly that he recalled: "In  1950 I had gone to jail to protest against the 'Dixion Formula' which also envisaged the division of Jammu and Kashmir and in 2006 how can we support any such notion on same lines."

"I don't understand what kind of self rule they (PDP) are asking for when we have a democratic set up in the state–we have elected the government of the people, for the people and by the people", he emphasized.

Further questioning the stand of PDP on self rule, Mangat Ram Sharma said, "Mufti should explain what kind of self rule they are asking now when it was in the wake of the 2002-Assembly elections which were hailed as free and fair by the entire international community and that propelled Mufti to the post of Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir state."

Is he and his colleagues doing it with the knowledge of their high command, for the Prime Minister himself has said that a working group would deliberate on the subject. "It is our view point. So far, they have not asked us to stop opposing this dangerous notion. We can explain to them why we are opposing it."