Congress leader Karan Singh, whose father signed the terms of Kashmir's accession in 1947, said today he did not agree with a "blanket condemnation" of the centre's move on Jammu and Kashmir in which the centre ended Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370. The Congress veteran’s opinion wreaked havoc in Congress as he is the latest to veer from the party line following Jyotiraditya Scindia and others. Congress official stand condemns Jammu Kashmir decision by Modi government.
Karan Singh’s opinion holds some importance as his life intricately interwoven with Kashmir’s history from the days of his father Maharaj Hari Singh who was the last ruler of Jammu and Kashmir. Pointing out some positive aspects, he said that the decisions would have far-reaching implications on many levels. "There are several positive points. Ladakh's emergence as a Union Territory is to be welcomed," Mr Singh, 88, said in a statement keeping in mind the bifurcation of Jammu Kashmir into two Union Territories such as Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Mr Singh said he had suggested the measure for Ladakh way back in 1965 when he was Sadr-e-Riyasat. One of the positives is that the division into two Union Territories would ensure fair division of political power between the Jammu and Kashmir regions. "The effort should be that Jammu and Kashmir attains full statehood as soon as possible so that its people can at least enjoy the political rights available to the rest of the country," Mr Singh said.
At the same time, he also said it was unfair to dismiss the two main regional parties as anti-national. Leaders of legitimate political parties in Kashmir should be released as soon as possible, he said. "With my lifelong involvement in Jammu and Kashmir, a state founded by my ancestors and for which my father signed the Instrument f Accession in 1947, my sole concern is to further the welfare of all sections and regions of the state," he wrote.