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A retrograde legislation, says BJP

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JAMMU, MARCH 20. The Bharatiya Janata Party today asked the Mufti Government to drop the controversial Permanent Resident Bill (Disqualification) 2004.

Talking to presspersons here, the State BJP vice-president, Hari Om, accused the National Conference and the People's Democratic Party of unleashing "a no-holds-barred misinformation campaign to mislead and confuse the people on the Bill."

He said the definition of a State subject made by the erstwhile ruler of the state in 1927 had no connection with the present Bill. It was "an obnoxious and retrograde legislation, which dismissed the female State subjects with contempt and deprived women marrying outside the State of their natural right to inherit ancestral property or own immovable property in the State."

Also, the Bill found no place in Article 370 of the Constitution. "It is an attempt by the People's Democratic Party to inflame passions and an electoral ploy," Mr. Hari Om said.

The BJP demanded that the Bodhi language spoken in Ladakh be included in the eighth schedule of the Constitution.

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