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BJP: don’t implement Resettlement Act
Our Correspondent

Jammu, November 22
The state unit of the BJP has urged the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, to prevent the implementation of the “controversial” Resettlement Act on the plea that it could result in “civil war” in the state.

The president of the state BJP, Mr D.K. Kotwal, told newspersons here today that the Act was “fraught with serious consequences” as its implementation could lead to communal polarisation.

In reply to a question, he said it was not for the Centre to repeal the Act but it should be left to the state government to either scrap it or stop its implementation.

Mr Kotwal said once the Act was implemented it would open the floodgates for people in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmiri, (PoK), even if they are of Kashmir origin, to return to this state.


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He said if the National Conference government was keen to rehabilitate refugees, it should first resettle and grant citizenship rights to several thousand refugees from Pakistan and PoK who have been residing in the Jammu region for the past 54 years.

The BJP chief expressed surprise that the National Conference leadership had thought of resettling those who had occupied rich landed estates of Hindus in Pakistan and PoK but had forgotten to ensure proper settlement of Hindus and Sikhs who had migrated from Pakistan to Jammu in 1947.

He said it was a calculated gameplan of the National Conference to inflate the size of its vote bank. He alleged that the National Conference leadership was pursuing the ISI policy. He said the issues of the Resettlement Act, regional autonomy and greater autonomy were part of the ISI plan.

Mr Kotwal said under the regional autonomy proposed by the National Conference, the state was to be divided into eight zones on communal grounds. He alleged that the ISI’s plan was to divide the state into eight zones and install eight commanders.


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