Promise Of Statehood To J&K A ‘Jumla’: Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi – File Pic

Srinagar: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday slammed BJP-led government and accused it of alienating Kashmiris with actions like merger of Jammu and Kashmir civil services cadre with AGMUT.

Participating in a discussion on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, Owaisi said that he stands firm on his earlier statement that the Article-370 was revoked unconstitutionally by the BJP-government on August 5, 2019.

“I oppose this Bill because my party believes that Article 370 was revoked unconstitutionally. I also oppose this Bill because Centre had said that they will restore J&K’s statehood, but you are deviating from your promise. By integrating J&K cadre with the Centre, it is evident that promise of statehood was ‘jumla’,” he said.

The Hyderabad MP further said that J&K was the only Muslim-dominated state in India, yet their proportion in the state administration is less.

“Out of 24 secretary posts, only 5 are Kashmiri Muslims. In 58 IAS posts, only 12 are Muslims. As per the 2011 census, the population of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir was 68.31 percent while the population of our Hindu brethren is 28 percent. Now coming to IPS, out of 66 posts, only seven are Muslims. And in Tier-2 out of 248 officers, only 108 are Muslims. What are you planning to do? He asked

Coming down at the government over the proposed tour of EU delegation to J&K next week, Owaisi said that with such actions, the government was internationalising the issue.

“It is right that no other country must interfere in our internal issues. But you arranged for European Parliament officials to visit there and are again arranging a visit on 16 February. Why are you taking Europeans and not an all-party delegation there? Do you wish to internationalise this issue? How many children from Kashmir have housed in Agra, Bareilly and Ambedkar Nagar jails under PSA? When will you release them?” he asked.

“I want to warn all secular parties here. This government will repeat this again. God forbid if Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Hyderabad be made Union territories. People are applauding this move now when Lucknow, Bengaluru and Mumbai are made into UTs, they will lament,” he said.

He also claimed that the government restored high speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir under the pressure of United States administration.

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