There were several protests in Jammu on Wednesday over the Centre’s decision to amend land laws allowing people from outside Jammu and Kashmir to buy property in the Union territory.
Workers of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), led by party chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh, held a demonstration calling the new land laws as the BJP’s betrayal and “conspiracy to enable outsiders to enslave Jammuites”.
Rejecting the claim that the new laws will help boost industry in J&K, JKNPP president Balwant Mankotia said the erstwhile state already had laws empowering the government to provide land on 99-year lease to non-permanent residents to set up industry.
PDP workers also held a demonstration at the party headquarters at Gandhi Nagar and accused the BJP of selling Jammu. “The Hindus in Jammu and Muslims in Kashmir are prepared to fight this black law,” said PDP leader K K Sharma.
Sunil Dimple, president of the Jammu West Assembly Movement, along with his supporters, also held a demonstration accusing the BJP of “destroying the identity of Dogras”.
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