The construction of indoor sports stadia in select constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday led to an embarrassing situation for the PDP-BJP government as several treasury bench members stormed the well of the legislative assembly, with one of them staging a walkout.
The issue was raised during the Question Hour by BJP MLA Shakti Raj Parihar who alleged that the government had ignored Doda district while allotting stadiums for different constituencies.
Parihar found support from party colleagues Rajiv Jasrotia, R S Pathania and independent MLA from Udhampur Pawan Kumar Gupta, who was a minister in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led government last year.
Replying to the query, minister of state for youth services and sports, Sunil Kumar Sharma said that 12 indoor halls have been sanctioned for the state under the Prime Minister’s package.
“The criteria for selection of the districts has been by and large on the basis of the non-availability of the indoor halls in these areas and the potential to generate sports activities,” Sharma said.
Jasrotia claimed that he had been given an assurance that an indoor sports hall would be constructed in his Kathua constituency. He then stormed the Well of the House and sat on a dharna and was joined by Pathania, Dina Nath Bhagat (BJP) and Gupta.
As Gupta shouted slogans against the PDP-led government, the opposition members from National Conference and Congress responded to him.
“Yeh inka haal hai, hamara kya haal hoga (This is theruling MLAs’ fate. What will be our condition)?” senior NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar asked.
Vikar Rasool of Congress said that the BJP, which used to raise the bogey of discrimination against Jammu, has sold out its agenda for remaining in power.
“They (BJP) have been crying discrimination all along. Today, it is their government but what have they done? They sold out everything to remain in power,” Rasool said.