Srinagar: On Tuesday, a Press Inform Bureau statement sparked off a row saying chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed promised New Delhi that land will be identified for “composite townships” where migrant Pandits will be settled, with many asking what word “composite” means. Several state BJP leaders answered that question.
Bharatiya Janata Party state general secretary Ashok Kaul said the townships will be designed in a way so that Kashmiri Pandits can be “concentrated at one place, where they can feel secure as a coherent community”.
“The township will be modeled on the models that are followed worldwide today. There will be every facility available in the township like schools, hospitals, markets,” he added.
Contrary to Mufti’s statements in the assembly, Kaul said that land for such townships has been identified, and the government was ready to execute the plan. To begin with, two such townships will be constructed—one on the outskirts of Srinagar and another in south Kashmir.
Ramesh Arora, BJP’s state vice-president said the townships will be “built come what may”.
“We believe Pandits will be safe in separate townships. Kashmiri society is politicizing the issue…they are ignorant of the pain of Kashmiri Pandits,” Arora said.
Another BJP leader, Arun Gupta, said the township will enable the Pandits to “reclaim their homeland and do justice to the community”.