Land Laws: J&K Political parties agitate, hold rallies, slam BJP

Jammu, Oct 28 (UNI) Taking to streets, many political parties on Wednesday held rallies against new Land Laws paving way to non residents to purchase land in Jammu and Kashmir. Protesting political leaders also slammed BJP alleging that they have befooled the people of Jammu.

Pertinently, Centre revoked Article 370 and 35-A on August 5, 2019 that provided Special Status to the erstwhile State, which was bifurcated into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

PDP leaders carrying party flags and Tricolour marched in Jammu against Land Laws. PDP leader and former MLC Surinder Choudhary said that PDP always stood to protect special status to Jammu and Kashmir but BJP has befooled the people by abrogating Article 370.

Mr Choudhary said that PDP always raised voice of Jammu region and will continue doing that. Meanwhile J&K National Panthers Party Chairman and former minister, Harsh Dev Singh opposing and rejecting the new Land laws for UT of J&K notified by the GoI, staged protest demonstration here.

The protestors said that it was on insult to the vision of legendary ruler Maharaja Hari Singh who had introduced State Subject in 1927 to protect the Jobs and lands of locals. While setting ablaze the effigy of BJP government and raising slogans, the angry protesters accused Saffron party of arbitrarily notifying the said law against the wishes of the people.

Mr Singh lambasted the BJP for playing politics of subterfuge which not only betrayed the mandate of the people but also triggered fear among the locals of an imminent demographic change and cultural erosion.

“The new draconian Land law enacted by the government is a breach of trust with the people of J&K and Jammu region in particular. The BJP time and again assured the people that their right of land and jobs shall be safe guarded at all costs post abrogation of article 370 but the notification of the obnoxious law has sent ripples and shock waves among the people who are feeling cheated and hoodwinked”, said Mr Harsh.

He rued that the GoI had not only opened the doors of employment for the outsiders under the provisions of Domicile law but also facilitated them to purchase lands through the new Land law.

He said that lands and jobs were no more secured for the local people and they feared that their interests, culture and identity were under grave threat.

Admonishing the BJP govt for betraying the people, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said that the Saffron regime was hell bent to change the demography of the UT and Jammu province in particular.

Drawing the attention of Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh called upon the GoI to repeal the new law in conformity with the aspirations of the people.


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