Opposition questions coalition’s silence over Nagrota land dispute


Srinagar, May 16: The opposition on Wednesday took on the government for allowing Assembly Speaker, Nirmal Singh, to construct a structure near an ammunition depot in Jammu.
Army has moved the High Court for contempt proceedings against Mamta Singh, wife of senior Nirmal Singh, who started a construction over a disputed land at Nagrota.
Opposition National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah targeted the BJP for allowing the construction.
“Dear @BJP4India the Indian Army is moving court against the J&K Speaker's (until recently Deputy CM) wife & yet we hear nothing from you about these anti-national people who are a threat to national security. May I ask why? (sic),” Abdullah said in a tweet.
The army had in March this year written a letter to Nirmal Singh, the then-deputy chief minister of the state, to stop the construction within the ‘prohibited zone’.
The army later took the matter to the court.
Congress Spokesperson, Ravindar Sharma, said that Singh was violating the law.
“Why is the government silent over the issue? Law is for everyone. Speaker should respect the law of the land and stop this construction,” Sharma said.
“He is holding a constitutional position still, and yet not respecting the law.’
The ruling parties, however, stick to their silence over the issue, which has been in news for the last several days.
“Before reacting, we will see what the army has submitted before the court,” BJP’s State General Secretary, Ashok Koul, said.
Koul said the party’s high command would take a call on Singh’s remarks against the army.
The PDP Chief Spokesperson, Rafi Ahmad Mir, said that, too, would want to first see the contents of the army’s legal appeal.