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Srinagar: Launching its 'vision document' for Jammu and Kashmir, BJP promised voting rights to refugees from Pakistan and "just and honourable" re-settlement of Kashmiri Pandits.

Releasing the document, BJP made a number of promises from reservation of three assembly seats for Kashmir Pandits in Kashmir valley, five seats for refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir including voting rights, to promises including property rights to the children of women married outside the state.

However, there was no mention of Article 370, the repeal of which the party was once stressing on.

"Our vision is to make the state of Jammu and Kashmir a peaceful, progressive and developed state of the Union of India through holistic and inclusive development of all the three regions including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh," party MP and state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna told reporters here today while releasing party's 'vision document'.

The party has promised to initiate the process of "just and honourable" re-settlement of the displaced members of the Kashmiri Pandit community in Kashmir valley with security and dignity.

The BJP said that if voted to power the party would reserve three seats in the state assembly for displaced Kashmiris out of the 46 assembly seats meant for Kashmir valley.

The party also said that it would reserve five seats for refugees from the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir from the 24 seats kept vacant for the PoK.

"The party would reserve five seats for POK refugees out of 24 left vacant in the assembly for POK and three for the displaced Kashmiris out of the 46 seats earmarked for the Kashmir valley," he said.

Underlining the party's 'TIME' model, he said "Our focus would be on the TIME model in which we would focus on tourism, infrastructure, modernisation, empowerment."

In its vision document the party also promises to give 33 per cent reservation to women in the legislative assembly and legislative council.

He said that after coming to power, the first major work in hand would be to undertake the relief and rehabilitation of the victims of the floods triggered by the unprecedented rainfall during the first week of September.

(With PTI inputs)

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