By: Majid Hussain
Srinagar: Dispelling rumors regarding further division of the newly carved out Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday assured that there is no plan to grant statehood to Jammu, and to keep Kashmir under New Delhi’s control.
BJP General Secretary for J&K, Vibodh Gupta said the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A was in the agenda of BJP and its allies since seventy years but there is no plan to change the present status of the newly carved out UT.
He appealed to the administration to identify those spreading rumors and creating confusion among the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“I must clear that there is no plan to grant statehood to Jammu and keep Kashmir under the direct control of New Delhi, these are rumors and people need not to be confused at all. Abrogation of Article 370 and 35A was in BJP and its ally’s agenda and these had to go. I appeal to the administration to identify rumor mongers and take stringent action against them,” BJP leader told the media.
He said Jammu and Kashmir is being loved by the 135 crore people of India and the BJP led dispensation at centre will spare no moment to make it more beautiful in every aspect.
On being asked about Badamibagh Cantonment Board’s recent decision to levy property tax from the people living around, he said BJP will take up the matter with concerned and ensure people do not face any inconvenience.
“There was no such provision in J&K in past as well and we will surely take up the matter with concerned authorities and ensure the bills if distributed are immediately taken back. We don’t wish people to face any sort of inconvenience,” Gupta said.
Regarding delimitation process, he said the Delimitation Commission being an autonomous body works independently and only the chairman of delimitation commission is authorized to speak on its functioning.
The BJP leader however assured that there would be no disparity with any region or district as was done in the past “I assure you on behalf of my party that there would be no disparity with any region or district as the process of delimitation of constituencies is not being done on the basis of religion and region”