JAMMU: The first day of the Jammu & Kashmir assembly witness ruckus as the members of the National Conference and Congress stood up shouting slogans against the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government during the Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra’s opening address to a joint session.
The address of the governor was marred due to the pandemonium as the opposition raised slogans against the “failure on all fronts” of the PDP-BJP state government and staged a walkout.
They shouted “PDP-BJP Hai Hai’ and hindered Vohra’s speech before walking out of the House. Vohra later delivered his address to the bicameral House. The members continued with the slogans like “PDP-BJP hai hai”, “Jumhuriyat ke qatilo hosh main aav” and “Chotti Katne wali sarkar hai hai”, even as the Governor asked them to remain seated.
The legislature was scheduled to take up obituary references to former members who passed away since it met the last time.
Speaking to the media after staging a walkout from the legislature, Ali Muhammad Sagar, legislator and senior NC leader said: “We have walked out of the session against the failure of the state government. “State government has failed on every front. Today’s protest has been staged to tell the government that it has failed in giving even basic amenities to people.”
Meanwhile independent legislator and AIP chairman Er Rasheed staged a protest outside the legislative assembly to demand “right to self-determination for Kashmiris”. Holding a banner with pictures of slain civilians Mysara Bano and Asif and pellet victims, Rasheed said that “right to self-determination was the only way out” for resolution of Kashmir issue. “If Kashmir is not an issue then what is Dineshwar Sharma doing in J&K. Why is India talking to separatists,” he asked.
On the other hand in an apparent signal to the opposition parties to maintain composure during Budget Session of Jammu and Kashmir Legislature, Chief Minister Mehbooba said that “dialogue is the core of a strong and vibrant parliamentary democracy”.
In her message on Twitter, Mehbooba said: “I firmly believe that dialogue is the core of a strong & vibrant parliamentary democracy. Looking forward to a fructuous winter session of the J&K assembly”.