Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Bill aimed at helping BJP through backdoor: Omar alleges
Srinagar, Dec 7 (UNI)- A day after the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill 2023 was passed in the Lok Sabha, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday alleged that the BJP through this Bill was trying to increase their seats through backdoor in the Legislative Assembly .
On Wednesday, Lok Sabha passed the Bill which seeks to nominate two members from the Kashmiri migrant community and one representing the displaced persons from Pakistan occupied Kashmir to the Legislative Assembly.
“ As far as the bill is concerned, we have objections on two things. One that the Supreme Court has not announced its decision on Reorganisation (Act) and they ( BJP government) keep bringing change one after one another,” Omar told reporters in south Kashmir’s Tral area after a party convention, the National Conference Vice President said.
“The second thing is that reserving these seats should have been left to the elected government. As per the Bill, the LG (Lieutenant Governor) sahib has been given the right to fill the reserved seats and it has straightway created a doubt that the Bill is aimed at helping BJP,” he said.
Omar claimed that BJP can’t win elections in J&K and through backdoor they are trying to increase the seats in Assembly. Meanwhile, CPI (M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami has questioned the passage of two Amendment bills in the Lok Sbha
“The passage of Amendment Bills at this juncture appears to be in sharp contrast to democratic and judicial practices,” Tarigami said. He said it has become a standard practice of the current dispensation to take undemocratic and unconstitutional decisions.
“Moreover, the Jammu and Kashmir government had already passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004. The Act provided for reservations in recruitments and admission in professional colleges to the members of Schedule Casts, Schedule Tribes and other socially and educationally backward classes.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 replacing the terms like “weak and underprivileged classes” with “other backward classes” seems mere a linguistic revision,” the CPI (M) leader said.
He said on the one hand the government seems adamant to continue to keep the J&K people disempowered by refusing to hold Assembly elections since 2018, despite stating from the so-called delimitation process, upgradation of electoral rolls and tall claims of normalcy.
“The nomination of two members from the Kashmiri Pandit community to the Legislative Assembly reeks of the current dispensation’s intentions of never rehabilitating them in their native places,” he said.