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CONGRESS PROTESTA day after working president of the opposition National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah defined glaring contradictions on the Sainik colony proposal as a possible “ruse to settle non-state subjects” in the Valley, Congress workers held a protest in Srinagar, opposing Mehbooba Mufti Government.

On Monday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Muft said: “Ex-servicemen in J&K have been demanding land for a housing colony but no land been allotted anywhere.”

Abdullah said on Sunday “the PDP-BJP government’s glaring contradictions on the Sainik colony proposal has given rise to apprehensions about their underlying political motive. From the government’s denial that the land is being provided to the ‘Sainik Colony’ to the administration officially writing to concerned officers to identify the land for the colony, the PDP-BJP government of Mehbooba Mufti has come a full circle.

“Considering their record of over the past one year, people have serious apprehensions. It could be a ruse to settle non-state subjects in Kashmir and hence bypass Article 370,” he added.

According to an official document, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, “had agreed to allotment of 173 kanals of land on payment in the Old Airfield Area.

However, now the Rajya Sainik Board has revised the requisition of land to 350 kanals and “a revised proposal has been forwarded to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and State Home Department”.