Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said he was not going to dilute the status of Jammu & Kashmir by “automatically implementing” all central acts and amendments.
“I am not going to dilute the status of Jammu and Kashmir by automatically implementing them (central laws and amendments),” Omar told reporters in reply to a question about the demand of his party’s ally Congress to implement the 73rd constitutional amendment on panchayati raj institutions.
“We do not need to take on board automatically all those amendments which are made in New Delhi without considering which are beneficial to us or not,” he said, “We have always maintain that one of the advantage Jammu and Kashmir has is that we have our own constitution.”
The Congress leadership, including party vice president Rahul Gandhi and Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, has been strongly batting for implementation of the 73rd amendment in Jammu and Kashmir. Even Youth Congress activists had held demonstrations against the Chief Minister in the past.
Omar, however, today said, “They are not being unreasonable. They are not saying that you have to make the 73rd amendment applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.”
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“They are saying that you modify the Panchayati Raj Act to bring those provisions in the 73rd amendment beneficial to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in which NC has actually no objection,” the Chief Minister said.
“We are convinced about the provisions of the 73rd amendment which is beneficial for the state. We have already included some provisions like finance commission and election commission,” he said.
“The bill in this direction is ready. It will be brought in the next cabinet meeting before the Assembly session. In the Assembly, these amendments will be passed and it will further strengthen the Panchayati Raj System in the state,” he added.