Jammu BJP too frets over new domicile law; Madhav says their ‘fears valid’

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Srinagar, Apr 3:  The new domicile law has upset the Jammu unit of BJP who have flagged their concern with the party leadership in Delhi including Home Minister Amit Shah.

It is the clause in which only low-rung jobs have been have been reserved for locals that has got the BJP wing worried, as most of their supporters in Jammu and the public in general finds it “a cause of worry”.

The notification for the law, which came out on Wednesday in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, defines rules for claiming domicile and access to reserved government jobs for the people of the Union Territory. The  reservation for domiciles, as per it, will not apply to Group A and B posts and only to level 4 posts or posts that carry a payscale not more than level 4.

“We are facing a popular backlash from our people on this issue and it will harm us as and when polls take place,” said a local leader who did not want to come on record,” a report in The Hindu quoted an anonymous BJP leader. 

Interestingly, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, as per the report, considers the concerns of the Jammu BJP unit valid.

“There were issues that the Jammu unit of the party had flagged, and that their fears are valid,” Madhav was quoted telling The Hindu reporter.

He also confirmed that Shah had been also been apprised of the concerns of the people of Jammu and he had assured that he would look into it.

“There are some issues with regard to the domicile notification that have been flagged, especially with regards to reserving jobs for locals, and to an extent these fears are valid,” said Madhav.

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