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Accession was neither temporary nor conditional, it was full and final: Brig Gupta
7/2/2019 11:03:41 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, July 2: Many senior leaders from Kashmir of late have been trying to sow a seed of suspicion with frequent statements terming the accession as "temporary" or "provisional" lamented Brig Anil Gupta, State Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party. Reference is also being made of exchange of correspondence between the Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu & Kashmir & the then Governor General of India Lord Mountbatten, laying down certain conditions for acceptance of accession. The accession of the princely state of Jammu & Kashmir to India took place as per the Indian Independence Act which clearly laid down that the ruler of the state had to take the final decision regarding his state joining either of the two dominions namely India & Pakistan, reiterated Brig Gupta. The ruler did not enjoy the privilege of even deciding to remain independent. There was no provision in the Act to ascertaining the wishes of the people. These were the norms under which other princely states also acceded to India or Pakistan, asserted the spokesperson. Sheikh Abdullah did endorse this decision of the Maharaja being the leader of the only political party of the state at that time but had no say in the decision making, clarified Brig Gupta negating the claim of those who frequently state that "we decided to join with India."

The accession was final and irrevocable. "There was no question also of a conditional acceptance by the Governor General because there was no such provision in the Indian Independence Act of conditional accession. The Governor General did not enjoy any legal authority to decide the future of princely states and hence accept, reject or lay down conditions for accession," emphasised Brig Gupta.
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