BJP for minority status to Hindus, Sikhs of State

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 8: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kashmir Displaced District today demanded that minority Hindus and Sikhs of J&K be given the minority status in the State.
A resolution to this affect was passed in the Working Committee meeting of the district which was read by Ravinder Raina vice president of the Party and seconded by Prof M K Raina advisor of the party.
BJP general secretary, Dr Narinder Singh was the chief guest on the occasion while BJP MLCs Surinder Ambardar and G L Raina were the guests of honour.
The resolution further demanded enhancement of relief for migrants to Rs 7000 per head per month, protection of Hindu shrines, temples, cremation grounds and allied properties  with removal of all encroachments, passage of Hindu Shrines and Temples Bill,  conducting of CBI probe into migrants registration since 2008 till date, immediate steps be taken by Government to evacuate the immovable property of Pandits illegally grabbed by vested elements in Valley,  grant of soft loans to members of business community to re-establish their business,  grant of internally displaced status to KPs till their resettlement in Valley, effective steps be taken to provide employment to displaced unemployed youth by Central and State Governments, launching of medical insurance policy for displaced pundits and  construction of additional flats at Jagti and other places for migrants.
In his address Dr Narinder Singh said that BJP has always supported the cause of displaced people from Valley and since it came to power it has taken effective steps in settling their problems.  MLC Surinder Ambardar held previous State and Central governments responsible for the plight and mass exodus of Pandits saying migration of  Pandits was the result of their vote bank politics.
MLC Girdhari Lal appealed the Kashmiri migrants to enroll themselves as voters in the voter lists and community should be part of the democratic process. He also demanded that the community be involved in a dialogue to work out the contours for return policy which will help in longer term welfare of the community.
President of the BJP Displaced District Chand Ji Bhat said his organization is committed to welfare of the community. He strongly condemned recent attack on temple in Uri town of Baramulla district of North Kashmir.
Others who spoke included J L Pandita, vice president of  the district, T N Bhat ex president, B L Razdhan, general secretary, Makhan Lal Bhat, Vijay Raina, Sunil Bhat, Ashok Kumar Bhat , Raja Ji Tickoo, Sweety Koul president Mahila Morcha etc.


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