With the ruling PDP-BJP alliance under fire over reports about plans to set up a Sainik Colony in the Valley, BJP leader and Deputy CM Nirmal Singh Thursday said that such a demand was “neither illegal nor unethical’’.
Accusing the Opposition of working to destroy the composite culture of Kashmir, he said: “What is wrong in it? If there can be a Gujjar colony, a teachers’ colony or the demand for having a press colony, why can’t there be a Sainik Colony for serving or retired soldiers and their families who are permanent residents of the state…While there has been no such issue before the state government at the moment, what is wrong in it?…We are not settling outsiders here. It is the right of every state subject (permanent resident) to form a cooperative housing society and seek land for setting up a residential colony.’’
He said that there were “thousands of people from the Valley who have been serving or have retired from defence forces…they being permanent residents of the state have every right to form their own cooperative housing society and ask for land to build their colony’’.