‘J&K up for sale’: Omar Abdullah slams Centre over new land law

National Conference (NC) leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday slammed the Central government over new laws that allow residents of any state to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Unacceptable amendments to the land ownership laws of J&K. Even the tokenism of domicile has been done away with when purchasing non-agricultural land & transfer of agricultural land has been made easier. J&K is now up for sale & the poorer small land holding owners will suffer,” Omar tweeted.

“Interesting that the Centre waited till the elections to LAHDC had concluded & the BJP had won a majority before putting Ladakh up for sale. This is what Ladakhis got for trusting the assurances of the BJP,” he said.

Earlier, only residents of J&K were allowed to purchase land in the state.

In a significant move, the Centre has notified the new Land Laws for Jammu and Kashmir. It has paved the way for any Indian to buy land in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti also took to Twitter and tweeted, “Yet another step thats part of GOI’s nefarious designs to disempower & disenfranchise people of J&K. From the unconstitutional scrapping of Article 370 to facilitating loot of our natural resources & finally putting land in J&K up for sale.”

“After failing on all fronts to provide roti & rozgar to people, BJP is creating such laws to whet the appetite of a gullible electorate. Such brazen measures reinforces the need of people of all three provinces of J&K to fight unitedly,” she added.