Communist Lawmaker Opposes Establishment of Sainik Colonies in Kashmir



Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami
Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami

J&K State Committee of CPI (m) has affirmed that it will vehemently oppose any move to establish “Sainik Colonies” for retired army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Since the plan in a way envisages to settle the non-permanent resident retired army men in J&K, it amounts to virtual scraping of the state’s special status covertly,” a statement issued by CPI (m) said Sunday afternoon.

The Communist MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said, “at a time when the support for retaining and strengthening the Article 370 and special status of the state is rapidly growing, such move will further alienate the overwhelming majority of the state.”

“One is constrained to infer that this motivated move may be the hidden item of the Agenda of Alliance. It is our party’s considered opinion that the move will further complicate the Kashmir imbroglio and the efforts to resolve it would be seriously jeopardized,” he said.

Keeping these factors in view, “it is in the best interest of the state and mainland India at large that the plan, if envisioned, should be renounced permanently so that the fragile peace is not disturbed.”

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