Pandits, Jammuites bound to feel bitter: Mehbooba

Jammu: PDP Tuesday  criticised government for “deliberately delaying” the passage of the Kashmir Hindu Shrines bill, and said it was a “fixed match” between the ruling coalition partners – Congress and National Conference (NC).
“It was a match fixing between NC and Congress over the proposed Kashmir Hindu Shrines bill,” PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti told reporters here after the  bill  referred to the joint select committee.
Mehbooba said this important piece of legislation had the potential to rebuild the links of Kashmiri migrants with their roots in the Valley but the government was not serious.
“The people of Jammu and migrants, both, would be left with a bitter taste after the proceedings which were clearly enacted by NC and Congress with prior understanding,” she said.
The people of Jammu, she said, have displayed a great deal of accommodative attitude at the crucial juncture of the state’s history in 1990 by hosting the migrants from the Kashmir Valley.
The Kashmiri Pandit community too has contributed a great deal to enrich the multicultural social mosaic of Jammu, but today’s development could lead to a feeling of disappointment in all the communities as the government has failed to backup the decision of its own cabinet in the Assembly for “political expediency”, she said.

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