J&K: PDP Sends Land Transfer Bill To Select Committee Amid Uproar


Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday supported the move of its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to transfer a bill – aimed at preventing transfer of land to non-state subjects – to a Select Committee amid uproar in the house. The PDP-BJP government had yesterday introduced the bill in the Assembly but two BJP MLAs moved an amendment, seeking that the bill be referred to a Select Committee.

The Bill was sent to Select Committee after Revenue Minister Basharat Bukhari moved the motion. Earlier, Opposition protested against government move to “kill” the bill. Leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah had pushed for vote on the bill. Only MLA Amira Kadal Altaf Bukhari rose in favour of passage of the bill. The former Works minister supported the vote on the bill saying it was pure democracy and should be upheld.

Social Welfare Minister Sajjad Gani Lone said the idea of getting the bill to the house was purely a democratic exercise. However, Basharat Bukhari rose and moved motion for sending bill to Select Committee, despite the NC, Congress and most of other independents calling for a vote to pass the draft bill. Greater Kashmir had earlier reported how two BJP MLAs – as part of their strategy to sabotage the crucial bill – on Wednesday submitted an amendment in the Legislative Assembly secretariat seeking the bill be referred to a select committee.

The BJP is making all-out efforts to sabotage the bill aimed at plugging loopholes in the J&K Transfer of Property Act so as to prevent the transfer of land to non-state subjects in Jammu province. This is despite the fact that BJP members were part of the cabinet decision (on June 23) to introduce the Bill in the House.