NC stages walkout from assembly

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jammu
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2015 21:53 IST

National Conference (NC) members led by Omar Abdullah on Monday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir assembly over failure of the government to reply to a call attention motion of their member on the situation arisen due to landslides in his constituency.

NC member Mian Altaf sought reply from the revenue minister to his call attention motion on the situation that has risen due to heavy landslides at Ramwari in his Kangan constituency.

The ministers, who were in the assembly in absence of revenue minster, were unprepared to reply and speaker Kavinder Gupta said that it will be taken up later as minister was attending proceedings in the legislative council (upper house).

The minister for CAPD Choudhary Zulfikar Ali said that the minister in-charge was not present in the house so the reply will be given later after he comes from the upper house.

This angered the NC members who resorted to protest over the issue saying that the government is taking the house non-seriously. Led by Omar, NC members staged a walkout from the house in protest.

Speaking to the reporters, Mian Altaf Ahmed said, "The government is non-serious in the house-- their ministers were unable to reply to my urgent call attention motion."

This has happened for the first time in the history of assembly that the government and its ministers have failed to reply to the call attention motion, he said.

Earlier in the day, the NC legislators joined by the Congress MLAs disrupted the question hour in the assembly, protesting against the alleged failure of the government in dealing with the flood situation in the state. The BJP MLAs from the flood-affected areas also joined the protest.

Congress MLA GM Saroori from Inderwal constituency, joined by Vikar Rasool, protested against the alleged failure of the government to send relief to the erstwhile Doda region. They said there is acute shortage of ration in the areas. The NC MLAs termed the minister's tour of the flood-affected areas a media exercise rather than providing any relief to the affected people. NC MLA Nazir Gurezi said the people stranded in Jammu due to the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, should be shifted to their respective places.

Latter, the speaker agreed to allow one-hour discussion on the situation after the question hour.

"The government is very serious in addressing the problem of the people. The administration is working in the field. The government will formulate a master plan for the Srinagar city as people are scared of the repeat of 2014-like flood situation," education minister Naeem Akhter told reporters.

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