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Several positive points in Centre's move on Jammu and Kashmir, says veteran Congress leader Karan Singh

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WION Web Team Delhi Aug 08, 2019, 03.07 PM (IST)

Veteran Congress leader and last prince of Jammu and Kashmir Karan Singh on Thursday said that he is not in favour of the blanket condemnation of government's decision on the state, saying there are several positive points.

He also welcomed the reorganisation of the region and the Union Territory status for Ladakh

"Ladakh's emergence as a Union Territory is to be welcomed. In fact, "I had suggested this as far back as 1965 when I was still Sadar-i-Riyasat of Jammu and Kashmir when I had publicly proposed reorganisation of the state", he said in a statement.

He also supported the scrapping of provisions of Article 35A as the issue of gender-discrimination needed to be addressed. According to Article 35A, Kashmiri women who married a non-permanent resident were stripped off their "state subject" status.

However, he condemned the government's decision to sideline the two main political parties of Jammu and Kashmir - the Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference - before deciding to scrap Article 370.

He said that leaders of both parties have made many sacrifices for the cause of India.

"I would, therefore, urge that leaders of legitimate political parties in Kashmir should be released as soon as possible and a broad-based political dialogue initiated with them and with civil society in view of the drastically changed situation," he said.

(With inputs from agencies)