J-K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed addresses the Legislative Assembly in Jammu
Alliance partners PDP-BJP in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday spoke in different voices on composite townships for settlement of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley with state Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed saying no separate clusters will be built for the displaced community while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made it clear that there was no change in Centre’s view on it.
Under fire from over the reported move, Sayeed, in what is seen as a flip-flop, told the state Assembly that there will be “no separate clusters for Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) in the Valley (for their rehabilitation).
Besides, he said the J-K government has not acquired land for setting up of exclusive enclaves for the settlement of Kashmiri pandits in the Valley.
“Government does not favour any clusterisation for return of Kashmiri Pandits but their complete reintegration as part of the Kashmiri society. We are determined to facilitate their return as part of the Kashmiri society and not as an isolated community,” Mufti said during the Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Mufti during their meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday to provide land for “composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits.” The Chief Minister had also assured the Home Minister that the state government will acquire and provide land at the earliest for composite townships in the Valley.
The statement incurred PDP-BJP government wrath of mainstream and separatist politicians, who accused the government of hatching conspiracy to create communal divide within the Kashmir.