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August 23
J&K govt to explain 'autonomy' demand
According to a government order, it has also been felt necessary to project the 'correct picture' before the people.

July 30
Farooq discusses J&K situation with PM
The meeting in New Delhi follows the cease-fire announcement by the Hizbul Mujahideen.

July 29
Farooq plans CMs' meet to discuss autonomy
Abdullah said the meeting could be held as early as August 4 in New Delhi, a day ahead of the meeting of chief ministers convened by the Centre on matters relating to national security.

July 22
TDP to discuss autonomy report
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu said that his party will discuss the report before formulating its stance.

Farooq dilutes stand on pre-1953 status: PTI
The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the demand for autonomy could be discussed.

July 21
Abdullah rejects Centre's suggestion
The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the ruling National Democratic Alliance should set up a ministerial team to discuss the issue of autonomy, to avoid further alienation of Kashmiris.

July 20
Farooq holds parleys with Mulayam, Pawar
Mulayam Singh Yadav had said that autonomy is detrimental to the country's unity and integrity. After Wednesday's meeting, it appeared that he had agreed on the need to have a full-fledged debate on the issue.

July 19
Law ministry opposes resolution
The Union law ministry has suggested that the government seek the views of the National Commission for Review of Working of Constitution on the resolution.

July 18
Vajpayee-Abdullah meet breaks ice
The one-on-one meeting went off smoothly with Dr Abdullah assuring his party's continuation in the National Democratic Alliance.

July 16
NC working committee may authorise Farooq to take final decision
The National Conference working committee began its meeting in Srinagar this morning under the chairmanship of party president and chief minister, Farooq Abdullah. All the WC members are attending today's meeting.

July 14
NC working committee meeting on Sunday
Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah is under tremendous pressure from his party colleagues to withdraw support to the Vajpayee government.

July 13
PMO trying to soothe Sangh hawks on Kashmir
The prime minister's office is working overtime to bring the hawks within the Sangh Parivar round to its point of view on the crucial issue of devolution of powers to Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP calls Farooq Abdullah a 'patriot': PTI
It reflects the thaw in relations between the National Conference and National Democratic Alliance following Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's invitation for talks on the Kashmir autonomy issue.

July 12
NDA now tries to woo National Conference
The Vajpayee government is utilising the services of a senior intelligence official to persuade Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah's National Conference to stay with the ruling National Democratic Alliance, according to top government sources.

National Conference meet postponed
The postponement follows the death of Begum Akbar Jehan, doyen of the ruling National Conference and mother of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah.

NC meet may be put off after Abdullah's mother expires
Begum Akbar Jahan passed away this morning after a long illness.
She was 84.

July 7
Impose President's rule in J&K, says RSS chief: PTI
K S Sudarshan has asked the government to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Mahanta, Jamir support autonomy for states
The All Assam Students Union said the outright rejection of the Jammu and Kashmir autonomy demand by the Union Cabinet would send wrong signals to the insurgent outfits.

July 5
NC to take stock on Friday
The prime minister's office had asked for a copy of the assembly resolution at 2330 hours (IST) on the night of July 3 while the decision to turn it down had been taken one and a half hours earlier.

Vajpayee serves notice on NC
The prime minister said it was up to the party to decide whether to continue in the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre, following the Union Cabinet's rejection of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly resolution on autonomy.

Hurriyat Conference ready for talks with Delhi
Former chairman of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq today said his organisation was ready for talks with the Centre provided the latter accepted them as a party to the Kashmir issue.

July 4
Farooq meets Vajpayee
The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister met the prime minister on his return from a tour to south India, where he had said the autonomy issue would not end even if Parliament rejected it

Union Cabinet rejects autonomy resolution
Home Minister L K Advani reiterated the government's commitment to evolve a broad consensus for wide-ranging devolution of powers to the states for efficient administration and accelerated development.

'Kashmir is the root cause of instability in South East Asia'
'If there is education, prosperity in India, it is because they have achieved freedom in 1947. Before 1947, the condition of the people of India was the same as is facing the people of Kashmir now,' JKLF chairman Yasin Malik tells the Rediff Chat.

'If they are not satisfied with autonomy, they may ask for separation'
'My view is, like Farooq says now, autonomy should be discussed. That should have been done first, before passing the resolution. After passing the resolution, what is the point in asking for a debate? Will it water down the demands? So, in my view, he was putting the cart before the horse,' says former Union minister C Subramaniam.

July 3
Ball is in the Centre's court: Farooq
Ruling out the balkanisation of the country if autonomy is granted to his state, the Jammu & Kashmir chief minister said Kashmir's accession to India is final and irrevocable.

Conspiracy between BJP, Farooq: Mulayam
Farooq Abdullah would use it to re-establish his credibility and support among the Kashmiri masses while the BJP would continue to get support of the National Conference.

'Involve Pak in talks for lasting solution'
Former Union minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed says Kashmiris defied boycott calls by militants and the Hurriyat to vote for restoration of democracy. But Farooq Abdullah let them down.

The politics of autonomy
'Farooq Abdullah's abrupt resort to the trusted weapon of autonomy politics is just a defensive action more than his suspected bid to undermine Kashmir's constitutional integration with the Union of India,' says Abeer Malik.

June 30
NC plans awareness campaign on autonomy
The party will hold district level conventions after July 13 to mobilise public opinion. Party workers have been asked to be vigilant against forces trying to create divisions among the masses.

'Autonomy is a recipe for disintegration'
The residents of Jammu and Ladakh are the people who really need autonomy, said Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Chaman Lal Gupta.

Ladakh seeks separation from J&K
The resolution, moved by Lamayaru constituency councillor Rigzin Spalbar, was seconded by Pheyang councillor Tashi Chhotak.

Govt will consider autonomy resolution: PM
To a question if the resolution would be considered by Parliament, Vajpayee said first it would be put before the Cabinet.

Pak government insincere: Abdullah
The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister has asked Pakistan to create a conducive atmosphere for talks with New Delhi by ending hostilities on the border.