Budget Session begins amid ruckus; Oppn stages walkout, interrupts Guv's address

Deepak Khajuria. Updated: 1/3/2018 12:14:38 AM

JAMMU: With entire opposition staging walk-out from Governor's address to the joint session to protest the alleged failure of the PDP-BJP government on various fronts, the 40-day-long Budget Session of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today began on a stormy note, as expected.
As the Governor was about to begin his address in the Central hall, members of opposition Congress and NC stood up and raised slogans against the state government and placards listing "failures" of the government on security and Panchayati Raj fronts.
Senior National Conference MLA Mohammad Shafi Uri started reading out from a written memorandum listing charges against the government and was given a patient hearing by the Governor who asked him to submit the memorandum so that he can begin his speech.
Though Shafi handed over the memorandum to the governor, Opposition MLAs resorted to sloganeering when Vohra started his address, attempting to disrupt it.
After a brief pause, the governor began his address amid high pitched protests, noisy scenes and thumping of desks in a bid to disrupt his speech, but he continued his address even as NC and Congress MLAs disrupted the speech shouting 'PDP-BJP sarkar hai hai', 'nikammi sarkar hai hai', 'Qatil sarkar hai-hai', 'Nagpur Sarkar Hai Hai'.
The ruckus continued for several minutes, and the National Conference and Congress legislators staged a walkout in the middle of the governor s address.
However, Independent MLA Engineer Rasheed Ahmed continued interrupting the governor' address with his protests and speaking on government's failure to save innocent lives in Kashmir.
Later, the opposition legislators demonstrated outside the assembly hall and criticised government for its failure on various fronts.
Talking to the media persons, Congress's Leader of Legislative Party in assembly, Nawang Rigzin Jora and NC general secretary and MLA, Ali Mohammad Sagar said that PDP-BJP government has failed to maintain law and order in the state and announced Panchayat elections, but could not dare to conduct elections in the Anantnag parliamentary constituency.
"If there is peace in the state and all is under control, then why there is delay in the election for Anantnag seat," the opposition legislators said and added that the militancy activities and human rights violation is on the rise in J&K.
"The government failed to hold polls for Tassaduq Mufti from Anantnag constituency on security situation plea then how such regime can assure peaceful situation for the people in the state," they said.
Congress MLA from Leh Nawang Rigzin Jora said, "The Government seat as per norms should meet twice year but they did not meet except for some days in the Valley only to pass GST."
"Government is not in a position to reply to members' questions, so not facing them," he added and said, "In the last three years, civilians and security forces killings have increased. There is no governance at all."
"There is regional disparity on the rise, people of Jammu have outrightly rejected the BJP, who have failed in keeping their promises," he said.
"The present dispensation has failed on all fronts. There is total chaos and uncertainity in the state under PDP-BJP rule," Sagar said and added, "People of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions have rejected the PDP-BJP Government. Opposition will restore confidence of the people and expose their failures."
"It is a matter of grave concern that local youth even teenagers are joining militancy because people are fed up with the PDP-BJP coalition's policies and frustrated youth has inclined towards militancy," the NC MLA added.
Meanwhile, reacting on the opposition's protest, PDP-BJP's coalition government's official spokesperson and Minister Naeem Akhtar said, "As opposition do not have any issue against government so they are protest on vague issues. Disrupting of Governor's address is condemnable."
"As far as militancy is concerned, it started in their tenure and also increased in the tenure of previous government, even we are trying to handle the situation," Naeem Akhtar added.

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