Jammu and Kashmir Politics: Despite heavy opposition from non-BJP political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu administration has withdrawn that order. In which people living for 1 year were said to be made voters. The Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Jammu Avani Lavasa has withdrawn his order authorizing the Tehsildars of the district to issue the domicile certificate.
An order was issued by Jammu District Election Officer Avani Lavasa on Tuesday. In the order, a list of documents was given, on which people living in Jammu can prove their citizenship and become voters. The order also mentioned those people who do not have any of these documents, except the BJP of Jammu and Kashmir , all the political parties were opposing this decision of the government.
While no official reason has been given for the withdrawal of the order late on Wednesday night, it seems to have been done after widespread protests by political parties, except the BJP, on Wednesday. The Indian Express in its October 12 edition had published a detailed story citing Lavasa’s order.
Jammu and Kashmir BJP state president cited the provisions of the constitution
Speaking to The Indian Express, BJP Jammu and Kashmir unit president Ravinder Raina said that Lavasa has withdrawn his order, but the Constitution of India and as per its provisions, anyone can be registered as a voter at a particular place. No one can stop it from happening.
Describing the law of the land as supreme, Raina said that as per the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, whoever has been residing in one place for a long time is entitled to transfer his vote from his place of birth to the place of residence. The BJP leader said there was nothing wrong in this and even the Constitution gives the right to be enrolled as a voter at the place of his choice.
Referring to the difficulties faced by the eligible voters in registering as voters in the absence of the documents prescribed by the Election Commission, Lavasa on Tuesday asked all the Tehsildars to submit the residence proof after doing the necessary field verification. was authorized to issue the letter.
However, political parties, except the BJP, opposed the order of the Deputy Commissioner of Jammu. The National Conference criticized the BJP for giving voting rights to non-local residents. It also criticized the government for going ahead with its plan to add 25 lakh non-local voters in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba Mufti made serious allegations against BJP\
After this order came, former Chief Minister of the state and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti had said that BJP is trying to divide Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of religion and region. He has said that these efforts of BJP should be foiled. This will lead to mobilization of people which will not only harm the Dogra culture but also the trade, jobs and resources in the region. Jammu and Kashmir Congress President Vikar Rasool Wani had called the order a game plan of the BJP to dilute the power of the local voters.