Police foil PDP’s march against ‘brazen sale of resources’

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The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday foiled an attempt by youth activists of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to march towards Raj Bhawan in protest against the alleged sale of Jammu and Kashmir resources to corporate houses.

The activists assembled at the party headquarters here at Gandhi Nagar and marched against a move by the administration to allot a huge chunk of land to a real estate company from outside Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the police stopped the activists from reaching the main road.

Raising slogans against the BJP and the UT administration, the activists alleged that the Union government under the garb of bringing investment was selling resources of the erstwhile state to corporate houses which are financing the ruling party at the Centre.

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They said that on the one hand the BJP government has pledged to secure the cultural identity and jobs of the people of Ladakh but Jammu and Kashmir is being thrown open for non-locals, endangering the unique culture and ethnic identity of the erstwhile state.

The protesters said the biggest problem of J&K was unemployment, which has shot up to 18 per cent.

They accused the BJP government of lacking a vision for Jammu and Kashmir. “Those in Delhi are using Jammu as a laboratory. BJP’s vision is only to divide and rule, how to make people fight against each other and how to sell our resources to outsiders,” a statement said.

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