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J&K assembly session: Opposition walks out

india Updated: Feb 12, 2014 16:49 IST
Tarun Upadhyay
Tarun Upadhyay
Hindustan Times
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Alleging discrimination in the allotment of new administrative units in Jammu and Kashmir, all opposition parties staged a walkout on the second day of the ongoing legislative council session here on Wednesday.


The entire opposition continued to raise slogans over the issue, with legislators of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) coming down to the well in protest.

The speaker allowed question hour to continue amid sloganeering. Though the speaker said that he would let opposition legislators speak only after question hour, legislators of the BJP and Panthers Party staged a walk out 30 minutes into it.

Once the question hour was over, and the speaker allowed some time to the PDP legislators to speak on the issue, a verbal duel ensued between PDP and National Conference (NC) legislators, after which PDP also staged a walkout.

Soon after, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said the CM, instead of coming to the assembly and addressing issues raised by the opposition, was commenting on Twitter from outside. "He has turned the assembly into Nawa-e-Subah (NC's party office)," said Mehbooba.

Later, the PDP submitted a memorandum to governor NN Vohra and sought his intervention in the matter. Mufti and party legislators later went to the governor's residence, but could not meet him and submitted their memorandum to his staff.

Mufti said since the government was not listening to their demands on the allotment of new administrative units in areas which had been left out, they were seeking the governor's intervention. The government had earlier this month allotted 700 new administrative units in the state, a decision termed as "historic" by the chief minister. However, opposition parties have been clamouring for the state government to reconsider the decision, saying that the administrative units had been carved out in a way that would the benefit the ruling NC-Congress alliance.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah is scheduled to issue a statement in this regard on Wednesday afternoon. On Tuesday too, the opposition had disrupted proceedings in the assembly.