BJP to reserve three seats in Kashmir for Pandits

BJP to reserve three seats in Kashmir for Pandits

Member Parliament and BJP state unit president, Jugal Kishore Sharma said tourism would get focused attention by the BJP as it is the mainstay of state’s economy.

Jammu, Nov 27: In a bid to woo Kashmiri Pandits, BJP Thursday promised to reserve three out of 46 Assembly seats in Kashmir for the community.

Releasing its ‘vision document’, the party vowed to initiate the process of "just and honourable" re-settlement of the community and underlined the ‘TIME’ model for development of Jammu and Kashmir, focusing on tourism, infrastructure, modernisation and empowerment.

BJP, which is targeting to win ’44 plus’ seats in the 87-member Assembly, said that if voted to power, the party would reserve three seats out of the 46 assembly seats in Kashmir Valley.

The party also said that it would reserve five seats for refugees from the Pakistan Administered Kashmir from the 24 seats kept vacant for the PaK.

"The party would reserve five seats for PaK refugees out of 24 left vacant in the assembly for PaK and three for the displaced Kashmiris out of the 46 seats earmarked for the Kashmir Valley," party MP and state in-charge AvinashRai Khanna told reporters here while releasing party’s ‘vision document’.

"Our vision is to make the state of Jammu and Kashmir a peaceful, progressive and developed state of the Union of India through holistic and inclusive development of all the three regions including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh," he said.

The party has promised to initiate the process of "just and honourable" re-settlement of the displaced members of the Kashmiri Pandit community in Kashmir valley with security and dignity.

In its vision document the party also promises to give 33 per cent reservation to women in the legislative assembly and legislative council.

He said that after coming to power, the first major work in hand would be to undertake the relief and rehabilitation of the victims of the floods triggered by the unprecedented rainfall during the first week of September.

"Favouritism will be curbed and we will ensure justice to all aggrieved individuals and families. Direct cash transfer in the accounts of the affected persons would also ensured," Khanna said.

It refrained from mentioning the controversial issue of abrogation of the Article 370 in its vision document with the BJP leader saying the party had cleared its stand on the issue.

"We are fighting these elections on the issue of development and on rest of the issues we have made our stand clear," Khanna said.

The party stated that it would create a livable condition in exile in Jammu and elsewhere in the state until proper rehabilitation of the displaced members of the Kashmiri Pandit community in the Valley.

The BJP also said that it would bring reforms in governance.

"BJP will ensure corruption-free and people-friendly government. We will keep all public authorities out of political influences," he said.

Member Parliament and BJP state unit president, Jugal Kishore Sharma said tourism would get focused attention by the BJP as it is the mainstay of state’s economy.

“BJP envisions to develop tourism of the state on the lines of Switzerland to make it a preferred destination for both domestic and international tourists,” he said.

The party’s vision document focuses on problems of houseboat owners, up-gradation of Gulmarg Ski Resort, Harnessing Heritage tourism, construct Chadar Road in Ladakh, open Kailash-Mansarovar road, extend rail link to Ladakh via Bilaspur (HP) and encouraging tourist projects in Rajouri, Poonch, Reasi, Kishtwar, Doda and Kargil.