. It is a huge betrayal : PAGD
. Will take reservations before top leadership :Apni Party
. Nefarious designs to disempower, disenfranchise people : Mufti
. Law has put J&K up for sale : Omar
. Design to disempower people : Tarigami
The mainstream political parties on Tuesday denounces the introduction of new land law by the Government of India (GoI) in Jammu and Kashmir under which any non-permanent resident could buy land in the ersthwile state.
The newly floated, People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of various political parties formed to work for the restoration of J&K's special status, condemning the move termed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order as " as a huge betrayal".
PAGD spokesperson, Peoples Conference (PC) chairman Sajad Lone said that the decision is a "massive assault on the rights of the people" of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and grossly "unconstitutional".
"The Alliance has vowed to fight the anti Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh measure on all fronts," he said.
Sajad said with a serious challenge to the 5th August 2019 decisions before the top Constitutional Court and the vires of Reorganisation Act under judicial scrutiny, "the Central Government is under an obligation to desist from such acts, out of respect for the Apex Court."
“The unconstitutional measure is clearly designed as an attempt to preempt the outcome of the challenge before the Supreme Court. The assault on exclusive property rights apart, changes in urban development laws and creation of security zones is bound to prejudicially affect the ecosystem in environmentally fragile regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in utter disregard of grave environmental concerns,” Sajad said.
The MHA on Tuesday notified new land laws for Jammu and Kashmir. The law makes it possible for any Indian citizen to buy non-agricultural land in the region, it was earlier meant only for permanent residents under Article 370.
As per the notification, no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required for purchasing non-agricultural land in Jammu and Kashmir.
The order comes into force with immediate effect.
On August 2019, the GoI revoked the special statues of of J-K and divided the erstwhile state into two Union Territory- Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.
Apni Party president Mohammad Altaf Bukhari party will go through the gazette notification issued by the GoI with regard to land rights in JK and would take up its reservations before the top leadership of the government.
Reiterating his party’s position vis-à-vis restoration of Statehood to JK along with comprehensive domicile rights on land and jobs for its residents, Bukhari said that any laws which do not safeguard the interests and rights of people of JK would be unacceptable to the Apni Party.
“Better would have been such laws of urgent nature should have been left to or dealt with in consultation with the duly elected government in Jammu and Kashmir,”Bukharisaid.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, National Conference president and former chief minister of J&K Omar Abdullah calling the move as "unacceptable", said the new land law has put "J&K up for sale".
“Unacceptable amendments to the land ownership laws of J&K. Even the tokenism of domicile has been done away with when purchasing non-agricultural land & transfer of agricultural land has been made easier. J&K is now up for sale & the poorer small land holding owners will suffer (sic),” Omar tweeted.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the amendments in the land laws in Jammu and Kashmir is yet another step to "disempower and disenfranchise people of J&K."
“Yet another step thats part of GOI’s nefarious designs to disempower & disenfranchise people of J&K. From the unconstitutional scrapping of Article 370 to facilitating loot of our natural resources & finally putting land in J&K up for sale (sic),” Mehbooba tweeted.
Mehbooba said that this issue need to be fought by all three provinces jointly- Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
“After failing on all fronts to provide roti & rozgar to people, BJP is creating such laws to whet the appetite of a gullible electorate. Such brazen measures reinforces the need of people of all three provinces of J&K to fight unitedly (sic),” Mufti said.
CPI (M) senior leader and former MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami termed it a design to "disempower" the people of Jammu and Kashmir further.
“This is a design to disempower the people of J&K further and put their land on sale for corporations. It is daylight robbery of land in the name of integration, development and security,” Tarigami tweeted