‘Who is stopping government from deporting Rohingyas?’

“I fear that the locals of Jammu—the Dogra Mahajans, Brahamins, Rajputs, Khatris, scheduled caste, Dogra Muslims, Sikhs, Christians besides other segments –will be rendered as second class citizens,” he said.

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Jammu, Publish Date: Aug 21 2017 12:14AM | Updated Date: Aug 21 2017 12:14AM
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Describing state subject laws under Article 35-A as a commitment of the Constitution of India to Dogras and Duggarland, National Conference on Sunday warned that “any move to scrap it with ulterior political motives would be resisted with full might by the people of Jammu, irrespective of caste, creed and religion.”

“Dogras will fight for upholding this constitutional proviso and if any course correction is needed at all, it is to identify and deport the fake state subjects, who have exploited and usurped the legitimate rights and avenues of sustenance of self-respecting Dogras and were now conniving with the BJP to dispense with Article 35A”, provincial president NC Devender Singh Rana said while interacting with reporters here.

“BJP has negated far-sight and political sagacity of Maharaja Hari Singh Ji, who had brought state subject laws in 1927 to save his people, especially the Dogras from perpetual subjugation of affluent businessmen from outside the state. The time stands testimony to his wisdom that enabled the Dogras to retain identity, heritage and economic interests, notwithstanding certain wrongs committed by vested interest in facilitating non-state subjects settle down here clandestinely. The relevance of Article 35A is more crucial now than never ever in the past ninety years”, he said..

Rana hit out at BJP for “denouncing and demeaning” upholders of Article 35A as anti-national. “These so-called hyper-nationalists were undermining nationalistic credentials of the Duggarland, which is actually the land of warriors who have offered supreme sacrifices for defending the integrity and sovereignty of the nation. If the people want to safeguard their constitutional rights they can’t be belittled by dubbing as anti-national. I challenge the BJP to justify repeal of Article 35A and to convince people how it is going to benefit Jammu,” he said. 

“In fact, Jammu will face the main brunt in the event of scrapping Article 35A, as the jobs and business avenues will be usurped by the settlers from outside, in view of the close proximity of this region with the neighboring states and prevailing conducive atmosphere for businesses and other avocations”, Rana said. 

“I fear that the locals of Jammu—the Dogra Mahajans, Brahamins, Rajputs, Khatris, scheduled caste, Dogra Muslims, Sikhs, Christians besides other segments –will be rendered as second class citizens,” he said. 

To a question, Rana cautioned the “diversionary tactics” of the BJP leaders by raking up the issue of Rohingyas. “BJP is in government at the Centre and the State and it is intriguing that they are not taking a call on this sensitive issue and were instead generating passions by hoodwinking public opinion”, he said. 

“Who is stopping New Delhi and Srinagar from deporting Rohingyas under the Foreign Nationals Act. The Rohingyas were settled by the Centre in Jammu. On their part, the NC leadership has time and again sought repatriation of illegal Rohingyas under Foreigners Act. Confusing Rohingyas with Article 35A reveals and reflects the weak stand of the BJP in doing away with the law enacted by Maharaja Hari Singh Ji”, he said. 

“BJP is actually frustrated on the face of stiff resistance of the people towards repeal of this constitutional guarantee to the state subjects,” he said.