Srinagar 21 June: Jammu and Kashmir is not a piece of real estate rather people, whose rights and wishes must be respected, said P Chidambaram, emphasizing on restoration of the status quo ante in J&K.
P Chidambaram took to Twitter and said, “J&K was a ‘state’ that signed an Instrument of Accession and acceded to India. It must enjoy that status forever. J&K is not a piece of ‘real estate’. J&K is ‘people’. Their rights and wishes must be respected.”
He said, “In the monsoon session, Parliament should repeal the offending laws and restore the status quo ante in J&K That is the only way to draw the starting line for a political resolution of the Kashmir issue.”
He also said that the dismembering of J&K has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the cases are pending for nearly 2 years.
Chidambaram further tweeted, “Congress Party’s position, reiterated yesterday, that full Statehood must be restored to J&K should clear any doubt or ambiguity. What was made under the Constitution cannot be unmade by an Act of Parliament misinterpreting and misusing the provisions of the Constitution.”
The series of tweets came from Chidambaram following the Centre’s invitation to J&K’s Regional political parties for a meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24. (KNB)