Mehbooba tells BJP to trust her word on tribals

J K News Today

Jammu, March 20:

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  told her BJP cabinet colleagues that they should not insist on the official and written notification for the withdrawal of the minutes of the meeting chaired by her in which  Gujjars and Bakerwals  have been exempted from eviction from the pieces of land  encroached by them.

During the cabinet meeting on Tuesday ,  Mehbooba told  BJP ministers that they should “ trust “ her verbal assurance and not insist on the withdrawal of the  minutes of the meeting in which she is  reported to have ordered that all the rights of the nomadic tribes  would be protected and the authorities  were barred from taking any  anti-encroachment drive  against them  from the land on which they had settled.

Sources said that Mehbooba  did not relent even after the persistent insistence of her cabinet colleagues from the BJP  and she  stood firm on her ground that her verbal assurance should be  taken at its face value.

However, the BJP cabinet ministers  were still having doubts

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