BJP MLA hits out at NC for raking up Sainik Colony issue

Jammu: BJP MLA Ravinder Raina on Monday hit out at National Conference and the pro-freedom camp for raking up the controversial Sainik Colony issue, saying that there was nothing wrong with allotting land to kin of ex-servicemen in Jammu and Kashmir.

“National Conference and separatists are raking up Sainik colony issue to befool people of Kashmir. If former chief minister Omar Abdullah can own properties in Delhi and other parts of the country, why cannot the kin of the martyred soldiers live in Jammu and Kashmir,” he told reporters.

“J&K is an integral part of India and every Indian has the birth right to come and stay in the state,” he said.

The Sainik Colony housing project issue in the Valley has been in focus in the past.

BJP demands grant of plots to the families of martyrs of the Army and paramilitary forces who laid down their lives defending Jammu and Kashmir, Raina said.

“I will write to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in this regard,” he said.