Srinagar: Lanage MLA Engineer Rashid said he had proposed to the opposition to ask the president of India to facilitate a referendum in Kashamir but he was told not to make this suggestion during the meeting with the president.
Rashid was supposed to be the part of the 20-member delegation of opposition legislators who met president Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
The opposition members held a 4-hour-long meeting, chaired by Omar Abdullah, in Srinagar on August 17, where they decided to meet the president. At the meeting, Rashid said he proposed pushing for a referendum in Kashmir during the meeting with the president.
“The intermediaries who were talking on behalf of the opposition called me on Thursday and said I can be part of the delegation only if I don’t raise the issue of referendum at the meeting with the president,” Rashid told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.
Rashid said consensus eluded most of the points raised at the meeting in Srinagar.
The majority of the members did not agree to the suggestions of mass resignation, the right to self-determination or thanking Indian parliamentarians who talked about Kashmir situation in Parliament.
“I told them why should we thank parliamentarians. They also did not agree to raising the issue of right to self determination,” he added.
Rashid said the opposition legislators were not interested in addressing the basic issue—the resolution of Kashmir issue.
“They (opposition members) said they would request the prime minister to push for implementation of the recommendations of the Prime Minister’s Working Groups (set up after the uprising of 2010) and a dialogue. But I told them making such a request will yield nothing because the raging uprising is about the demand for resolution of Kashmir and not for these demands,” he said.
“Their approach is apologetic in nature. Their double faced nature was exposed. Killings in Kashmir happen because of the dispute,” he said.
Calling the CRPF trooper who shot at and injured an amublance driver in Srinagar a “terrorist”, Rashid said the trooper should have been arrested.
“Is his suspension enough? He should have been disrobed,” Rashid said.