Not plausible to kill the bill
It is far from clear where in the rule book says that government can withdraw its own bill and whether it’s permissible. The coalition government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dropped its own bill even when the Opposition had assured them support for the bill.
The BJP apprehended that the bill would not get popular support in Jammu and agitation against it could force the party to rethink the alliance.
The amendments proposed by the State Revenue Ministry had sought restrictions on taking possession of or construction activity on property transferred, unless it is registered in accordance with the law of the land.
Presently, such restrictions are applicable to Kashmir only.
“No person shall take possession of or commence to build or build on any land in Province of Kashmir which has been transferred or has been contracted to be transferred to him unless and until such transfer becomes valid under the provision of sub-section (1), Sub-section(3) of Section 138 of the Transfer of Property Act,” read an amendment.
Under the proposed amendments, the State Government had sought to substitute the words “province of Kashmir” with the word “State”.
It’s ironic that a government bill which was brought by a minister, was recommended to be sent to a Select Committee by the same minister, despite the majority of the members being in favour of the bill. The decision has definitely dented the credibility of the institutions like Assembly.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s defence seems least plausible. There is no defence like inexperienced “we are learning.”
Defending the coalition government, the chief minister said it was the vision of her late father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, to reconcile the differences between Jammu region and Kashmir valley.
“Somewhere, there is a perception that what is good for Jammu is maybe bad for Kashmir and vice versa. It is a difference of perception and it was the vision of Mufti sahab to bridge these differences,” she said while alluding to the opinion of the BJP legislators regarding the bill. How can two legislations rule a same state? The chief minister has to respond and whatever the answer, what was need for bringing the Bill at first place.