Elected Assembly to draft “fresh domicile policy” for Jammu and Kashmir UT
The BJP’s Central Leadership has focused on a new domicile policy, to be applied on the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
Sources in the central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party have confirmed that the party is working on a “fresh domicile policy” for the newly formed Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. However, there has been no discussion on a similar policy for Ladakh, although it has not yet been ruled out.
The BJP’s Central Leadership has focused on a new domicile policy, to be applied on the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. This has gained them the support of the J&K unit of the party, which believes that this is evidence to the fact that the party, as a whole, intends to “restrict outsiders from violating the rights of the locals”. The regional outfit apparently conveyed this approval to the leadership in Delhi on Friday.
“The whole viral messaging around things like ‘plots for sale in Srinagar’ and ‘bride from Kashmir’ has done a lot of harm to the whole Kashmir initiative. The central leadership is convinced that this must be stopped,” a Rajya Sabha member, of BJP, who is aware of the development, told Asiaville.
The state leaders have conveyed to the central leadership that “the essence of the domicile policy will have to be retained for the benefit of the region as well as in the interest of the party. I think it will happen”, said the leader.
“The newly elected MLAs are free to pass any law like other states do”, he added.
The party leadership has responded to the J&K State unit leaders to suggest and prepare a law on the lines of the Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand local laws; meant to protect the rights of the local people.
The purchase of land in Jammu & Kashmir was heavily restricted, until the Government revoked the application of Articles 370 and 35A on the state. In addition to the land purchase restrictions, those perceived as outsiders to the region, were not permitted to settle down in there.
The Jammu & Kashmir BJP president, Ravinder Raina, has been at the forefront of the efforts to push the central leadership to approve a law to protect the ‘rights of the natives'. Former J&K deputy chief minister and senior party leader Nirmal Singh has also been advocating it vehemently.