Srinagar, July 25, 2023 (PPI-OT): In response to the Modi-led Indian government’s plan to amend the so-called Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019 to reserve three more seats for Kashmiri Hindus in the Legislative Assembly, National Conference has said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using the reservation bill as a walking stick to reap election dividends in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Lamenting the proposal, party’s chief spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq said the proposed bill is blind to the ground realities. Tanvir said, “This should be the prerogative of the elected government and not an unelected representative of Delhi. The fact that Lieutenant Governor is being authorised to nominate any person is another admission that the BJP is convinced they will lose the next election in J and K and are using the nomination route to try to get a handful of members in the house.”
“Three seats will make no difference to the future of the BJP,” he said. Tanvir said that the party has already rejected the J and K Reorganisation Act of 2019, and that the entire process is currently under judicial scrutiny. “It raises concerns about how the government can proceed with a decision while its parent Act is still being debated in the Indian Supreme Court. “Such decisions go against the constitutional propriety as it preempts the SC decision. Ideally such a decision should have been left to a democratically elected government,” he said.
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