Jammu: National Conference legislator from Uri, Mohammad Shafi Uri, Friday batted for resolution of Kashmir issue through talks and said that the Operation All Out was not a solution at all.
The octogenarian legislator, who recently baptized his son into politics, also referred to UK based economist turned politician Lord Meghnad Desai stating that he “left a message” at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium on January 8 while commemorating the death anniversary of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed by ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
In his 30-minute speech in response to the budget presented by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, Uri pressed for talks to solve the vexed issue.
Slamming the PDP, he asked if BJP continued demanding revocation of Articles 35A and 370, “what would happen to those people who are sitting alongside BJP MLAs in the House”.
“Can we live in Kashmir after that happens?” he asked the 25 BJP legislators from Jammu.
“Even if you manage to revoke Article 370 or 35A, no outsider will come to live in Kashmir under seven lakh armed forces. But your friends definitely won’t be able to live in Kashmir. You are doing all this to change the demography of the state,” Uri said.
The NC MLA also asked the government that if “Operation All Out” was a solution to Kashmir “then what was the need of special representative”.
“Lord Desai visited Kashmir for the first time in his life. He visited here on the invitation of the government of the day. But didn’t you realise that he left a message on the devolution of powers among four regions of United Kingdom (UK),” Uri told the House.
Desai, a Conservative MP in House of Lords in UK, was invited by ruling PDP to present a lecture on the death anniversary of its founder Mufti Sayeed. He deliberated upon “Devolution of Powers: The British Experience” in which he explained as for how the demand for independence in UK changed in regional autonomy by referring to Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
“Lord Desai gave a reference about the plebiscite of Scotland and other nationalist movements of UK. He was clear that wherever there is a conflict, talks are a must. But our situation is strange,” Uri said.
Blaming PDP for compromising on its basic political manifesto of “Self Rule”, he said, “this party handed over the economic independence of J&K to New Delhi.”
“Even I am surprised how Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, who once used to write against GST, surrendered before Nagpur, and handed over state’s economic independence to Delhi,” Uri added.