Restore statehood to J-K, it’s not a piece of real estate: Chidambaram

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Dehli: Congress veteran and CWC member P Chidambaram on Monday  demanded repeal of JK Reorganisation Act, 2019, and restoration of status quo ante in the erstwhile state.

In a series of tweets, the former finance minister asserted that restoring the status quo ante in Jammu and Kashmir was the only way to draw the starting line for a political resolution of the Kashmir issue.

“What was made under the Constitution cannot be unmade by an Act of Parliament, misinterpreting and misusing the provisions of the Constitution,” he tweeted.

“J&K was a ‘state that signed an Instrument of Accession and acceded to India. It must enjoy that status forever. J&K is not a piece of ‘real estate’. J&K is ‘people’. Their rights and wishes must be respected,” he said in another tweet.

“In the Monsoon session, Parliament should repeal the offending laws and restore the status quo ante in J&K. That is the only way to draw the starting line for a political resolution of the Kashmir issue,” he added.

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