Jammu and Kashmir budget session: Opposition stages walkout in assembly

  • Navneet Dubey, Hindustantimes.com, Jammu
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2015 19:17 IST

Amidst the uproarious scene on the first day of the budget session in the legislative assembly on Thursday, the opposition staged a walkout.

As soon as proceedings for the day started in the morning, almost all the opposition members, including the National Conference and the Congress, stood on their seats to draw the attention of speaker Kavinder Gupta regarding their concerns.

Independent MLA Engineer Rashid quoted the statement by BJP president Amit Shah that if the Kashmir issue was not resolved, the party's alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party will end in J&K.

Seeking answer from the government, Rashid trooped to the well of the House and after protesting for a few minutes he staged a walkout from the House.

On Wednesday BJP chief Amit Shah while addressing party workers at Naranpura said that his party would not compromise on national interest and could end its alliance with the PDP, if "Kashmir issue" is not solved. Shah also said that the BJP workers should go to the people to spread the message that the party would not compromise on national interest.

NC member Mian Ataf raised the issue of damaged power transfers, especially in his constituency Kangan.

"For last one month large number of power transformers have been damaged in my area and people are forced to brave the chilly conditions in the absence of power. I have heard the transformer repair companies have refused to rectify those till crores of their liabilities are cleared by the government," said Altaf.

However, Altaf did not pay heed to speaker's request of raising the issue after question hour and staged a walkout. Congress member Vikar Rasool alleged that people of Banihal have been facing huge shortage of food stock and medicines.

"It is a grave injustice to the people of far-flung areas. The rains have caused flood fury and left many homeless in the area.

There is a huge shortage of medicines in the Manaumangat area. There are no medical facilities on the national highway and there is shortage of staff at the Banihal hospital. Till date the victims have not received any relief or assistance from the local administration. Government should provide at least one critical care ambulance to Banihal," said Vikar. He later walked out of the House.

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