Maintain constitutional guarantees given to Jammu and Kashmir State: Congress

Delhi: The J&K Policy Planning Group of the Congress Party met today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister, Dr. Karan Singh Former Sadre I Riyasat, SGulam Nabi Azad Leader of Opposition (RS), P. Chidambaram Former Union Home Minster, Ambika Soni GS Incharge J&K, Tariq Hamid Karra, Member CWC, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, J&K PCC President, Nawang Rigzin Jora Former CLP Leader, were present.

There was a deep concern expressed at the continuous reports emanating from both the Union Home Ministry and the State Government, which were creating an atmosphere of panic and apprehension about the intentions of the Govt.

The massive build-up of security forces, the curtailment of the Shri Amarnath Yatra, also the unprecedented advisories being issued to the tourists, yatris and other civilians, are all creating an atmosphere of the heightened insecurity and fear. The Group urged the Govt not to take any decision which would precipitate a deep crisis.

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The Group also discussed the widespread fear and apprehension in the minds of the people across the State of J&K about Govt’s intention of abolishing Article 35 A and 370. They reiterated the considered policy of the Congress Party and asked the Govt to maintain the constitutional guarantees given to the State of Jammu and Kashmir