Wednesday, June 28, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


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Parliament to decide on J&K resolution
Tribune News Service

NEW DELHI, June 27 — The Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, today desisted from commenting on the autonomy resolution adopted by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly stating the issue would be considered by the Centre and decided by Parliament.

‘‘The Government of India will take a considered view on the autonomy resolution...ultimately it has to be decided by Parliament and everyone is aware of the composition of Parliament and views of those who are in it’’, Mr Advani said at a press conference here today after returning from a three-nation tour.

The Home Minister’s reply came in response to a question on the government’s stand on the autonomy resolution. He said the government would consider the resolution after the return of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee from Europe.

Asked whether the resolution by the J and K Assembly would lead to similar demands from other states, Mr Advani said; ‘‘I do not think so’’ and went on to add that the NDA government had received a mandate on devolution of powers to the states.

He said with reference to Jammu and Kashmir, the state already had greater powers and the question of greater devolution powers to states was being dealt with at length by the Inter-State Council and its Standing Committee.

To another question on attacks on minorities especially Christians, the Home Minister said the Centre had asked for reports from various states.

In preparation for the first-ever meeting of Chief Ministers with the Prime Minister on internal security during August, the Home Ministry would hold a meeting with the Chief Secretaries/Directors General of Police tomorrow, he said.

Tomorrow’ s meeting would draw up a precise agenda for the meeting on internal security including communal clashes and security of minorities.

Summing up his recent tour to Israel, France and the United Kingdom, Mr Advani said he found everywhere an ‘‘enormous fund of goodwill and respect for India’’.

Mr Advani ruled out banning the Bajrang Dal in the wake of its alleged threats to Christians.


PM’s statement on return to Delhi
Tribune News Service

LISBON, June 27— The Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, will make a statement on the autonomy resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on his return to New Delhi.

According to official sources in Lisbon, the autonomy resolution had no legal implications beyond being a dialogue between the Centre and the state. The Indian Government was strong enough to absorb the impact of such resolutions. 

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