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PM's initiative on Kashmir 'wasted exercise': JD(U)

india Updated: Aug 11, 2010 22:35 IST
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Dubbing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with representatives of all parties from the Kashmir Valley over the current situation as a "wasted exercise", the JD(U) on Wednesday demanded imposition of President's Rule in J&K.

"The all party meeting with Prime Minister at Delhi is a wasted exercise. We demand imposition of President's Rule in the state of Jammu and Kashmir," party's general secretary Javed Raza said in a statement in New Delhi.

The party raised the issue during its two-day national executive meeting, which concluded on July 8, he said.

"A serious note was also taken (during the meeting) about the situation in the Valley and inefficiency of the coalition government led by Omar Abdullah," he charged.

Also, the state government was condemned for its "delaying tactics as in its wait and watch exercise many lives have been lost," he added.

On the recent cloudburst tragedy in Leh, which claimed many lives, Raza said his party unit in J&K has been demanding from time to time to make disaster management an "effective" department.

"Though the said disaster management department in the state was formed only after it was demanded by the state unit of the party, it is quite unfortunate that the department exists only on paper," he claimed.

The PM's readiness to discuss autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir evoked mixed reaction on Wednesday with BJP saying it was opposed to autonomy but would be ready consider "more powers" to the state and National Conference and CPI(M) welcoming the initiative.

PDP, the main opposition in the state, and separatists rejected the proposal saying it will not provide a political solution to the Kashmir problem festering for six decades.