Government of India has "cheated and deceived" the people of Jammu and Kashmir since 1947, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party legislator from Chadooora, Javaid Mustafa Mir, said on Saturday. He also said the demand for Plebiscite was valid and the remarks on it can't be expunged from the House records.
During the discussion on grants for Home and General Administration Departments in the Legislative Assembly, Mir said Plebiscite in Kashmir was also talked about by then Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru.
"If demanding plebiscite is unconstitutional, then Jawaharlal Nehru has also demanded it," he told the House.
Mir said he has talked about Plebiscite during Omar Abdullah's government as well.
The ruling party MLA was reacting to a statement by independent MLA from Udhampur, Pawan Gupta, who had demanded that the remarks made by MLA Langate Er Abdur Rashid on holding a Plebiscite in Kashmir be expunged from the Assembly records.
Later, during the discussion on motion of grants for Home and General Administration Departments, Mir said India has "deceived and ditched the people of Jammu and Kashmir."
"Government of India has failed to do justice with Jammu and Kashmir. It didn't fulfill its promises made to the people of the state," he said.
J&K aligned with India on the basis of set conditions which India failed to fulfill since 1947, he said.
"There was no unconditional merger or any partnership with India. We are living with India under certain conditions," Mir said on the floor of the House.
He said the fact is from 1947 to 2016, India has been "feeding poison to people of J&K and at the same time wants them (people) to live, which is not possible."
"If you have made promises to the people of Jammu and Kashmir why don't you fulfill them? If you can't fulfill the promises you have made, then you can't question youth picking up stones in their hands," he said.
Stating that an economic package was no solution to resolve the Kashmir issue, Mir said India should not expect peace in the state "unless it does justice with all the three regions of J&K."
"Even if you (India) dedicate an economic package of one year of the whole country for J&K, it won't resolve the issue. You need to fulfill the promises you made," he said.
He said every political leader, from Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah to Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, played his "innings" in politics "but Government of India can't play with us all the time."
Stating that Government of India has to deal with J&K, Mir said the Chief Minister has a limited role to play in resolving the issue. "We can't blame any CM of J&K for unrest in Kashmir. Omar Abdullah was not responsible for 2010 neither Mehbooba is responsible for 2016. Unrest erupted because of Kashmir issue for which India has itself sown the seeds," he said.