HM Singh’s Land Statement Sparked off Fresh Spate; Er Rasheed in Protest Calls For Secretariat Gherao on May 5

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SRINAGAR

Er Rasheed  during  “secretariat gheroa” protest in Srinagar. Pic: Bilal Bahadur
In this file pic, Er Rasheed during “secretariat gheroa” protest in Srinagar.
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

A day after union Home Minister told Parliament that J-K CM Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has promised to earmark 400 kanals of land as a first installment for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, lawmaker from Langate fiercely reacted against the move and in protest has called for Secretariat Gherao on May 5—the day when Mufti Govt’s summer durbar will begin in Srinagar.

“Rajnath Singh wants to run the State by bypassing CM,” Er Rasheed said. “Singh by declaring that 400 kanals of land have been earmarked for Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir Valley has proven how hallow the claims of State Government are with reference to the burning issue of separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits.”

Rasheed said State Government has succumbed continuously to the Union Government ventures of turning Kashmir into another Palestine.

“Separate townships and granting separate land for Pandits is a damaging move and Rajnath Singh, Central and State governments should bear in mind that this fascism would not be allowed to be take pragmatic shape,” he said.

Rasheed said Kashmiri Pandits are welcome in their land but not in separate settlements aimed at converting Kashmir a “jungle of hate”.

“Already making the dangerous decision of issuing State Subject to children via schools is aimed at hurting majority character of Kashmir and converting Natives into Refugees,” he said.

Mufti Sb, Rasheed said, had many a times given assurances that there is no such proposal to give land for the proposed townships but “Rajnath Singh has get again proved that nothing lies in the hands of State Govt and is being run like a colony”.

Notably, on Tuesday while expressing government’s commitment to rehabilitate the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, Singh told Parliament that CM Mufti has promised to earmark 50 acres of land as a first installment for this purpose.

Earlier, the proposal “composite townships” for pandits backfired in valley in face of stormy reactions.

The issue put both unionists as well as separatists on the same page. The proposal was seen akin to Israeli-type settlements in Palestine.

Meanwhile, Er Rashid said he will hold a Gherao of coalition Ministers in Civil Secretariat for taking “insane and hateful measures” on May 5 on the eve of opening offices.

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