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NC delegation meets Rajnath, pitches for regional autonomy to

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Opposition (NC) today pitched for granting "regional autonomy" to Jammu, Kashmir and during a meeting with Union Home Minister here.

The party said that setting up autonomousadministrative structures for sub-regions on the pattern of Autonomous Hill Development Council will help address regional aspirations of the people.

Expressing satisfaction over the "assurance" of the Union Home Minister on Article 35A, the NC voiced hope that it will be reflected in the way the Centre represents its case in Supreme

The will support every move aimed at bringing peace in the state, provided these take careof the special status of and the unique identity of its people, the NC's provincial president DevenderSingh Rana, who led a 25-member delegation, told reporters after the 40-minute meeting with Singh.

The minister is on a four-day visit to since September 9.

Rana said a hope has been rekindled in by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech and Singh's stress on five Cs- "compassion,communication, co- existence, confidence building andconsistency" for dealing with the Kashmir issue.

"Therefore, we are eagerly waiting that the process of reconciliation is taken forward," he said, adding that more onus lies on the ruling BJP in preserving "the idea of Jammu and Kashmir, which synchronises with the idea of India".

"We strongly believe that autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and regional autonomy to the three regions with autonomous administrative structures for sub-regions on the pattern of Hill Development Council can defeat the nefarious designsof the forces, which want trifurcation of the state for theirpetty political interests," Rana said.

He also expressed concern over alleged "attempts being made to divide people of Jammu and Kashmir on regional and communal lines".

Hailing the "successful initiative" taken by the Centre in ending Dokalam standoff after sustained talks with China, the NC said it is hopeful that the same spirit will be emulated in tackling issueswith Pakistan.

There is a need for generating conducive atmosphere by bothIndia and Pakistan to have a meaningful dialogue, he said.

On the issue of Rohingyas, Rana reiterated the stand of the National Conference, saying that the Centre can take a call on the issue under Foreign Nationals Act and the UN Charter.

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 19:57 IST