Real Estate Summit: Mehbooba, Omar Say “True Intention” To Put J&K on “Sale”

SRINAGAR: Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti lashed out at the administration for opening the Jammu and Kashmir to real estate investors.

The comments came after the Lieutenant Governor’s administration signed 39 MoUs worth Rs 18,300 crore with the country’s real investors for the development of housing and commercial projects in the Jammu and Kashmir.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Omar Abdullah wrote, “Once again the true intentions of the government are brought to the fore. While offering to secure the land, jobs, domicile laws & identity of the people of Ladakh, J&K is being put up for sale. People of Jammu should beware, ‘investors’ will buy up land in Jammu long before Kashmir.”

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti termed the summit “sale of the resources of J&K”.

“J&K’s special status was illegally revoked to dehumanise, dispossess & disempower the only Muslim majority state in India. GOIs brazen loot & sale of our resources shows that the sole motive is to annihilate our identity & change the demography,” Mehbooba tweeted.

The Apni Party also called this summit an “endeavour for undermining the domicile law”.

Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Monday in a statement said that efforts that aim at a holistic development and job creation in Jammu and Kashmir are welcome but not at the cost of domicile laws that safeguard land and employment rights of its permanent residents.

He said, “Our party will always welcome any efforts that will foster progress and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir. But at the same time, we are pledged to resist any plans that will do away with the exclusive rights of the people on their land and jobs.”

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