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LS witnesses uproar over PM's remarks on J&K

While BJP attacked the PM over his references to "autonomy" for J&K, Cong MPs hit back, joined by PDP.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 14:51 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Lok Sabha plunged into turmoil on Monday with the BJP attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his references to "self-rule" and "autonomy" for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).The Congress members hit back, joined by PDP's Mehbooba Mufti.

Raising the issue during Question Hour, BJP Deputy Leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra asserted that Jammu and Kashmir remained an integral part of the country and both Houses of Parliament had unanimously passed a resolution to this effect.

He took objections to Prime Minister's remarks saying they had come ahead of US President George Bush's visit to the country.

Any talk about independence of Kashmir went against national interest, Malhotra said amid vehement protest from Mehbooba and Congress members.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi took strong objection to certain remarks of Malhotra and other BJP members and asked Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal to expunge them.

By this time, BJP members, raising slogans that Kashmir was an inseparable part of India, had also trooped into the well.

In the din, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House till 1300 hrs.

The Prime Minister, while addressing a roundtable conference on J&K, said there was a need to evolve a common understanding on the issue of autonomy and self-rule for the state.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 14:51 IST