BJP stages walkout from assembly over Rajouri incidents
BJP legislators on Thursday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly in protest against the stone-pelting incident on a religious procession in the border district of Rajouri.
As the assembly began the BJP members led by Ashok Khajuria raised the issue and accused the district administration of failing to deal with the situation. "The state administration has failed to deal with situation. The religious procession was targeted by stone-pelters belonging to a particular community " he alleged and sought a reply from the state government on the situation.
The protesting members staged a walkout when Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone asked them to raise the issue during Zero hour. Later during Zero hour PDP members Basharat Bhukhari and BJP members Ashwani Kumar of Jammu State Morcha also raised the issue and sought a reply from the government. Minister of State for Power Shabir Khan said, "some elements are out to create tension between the two communities."
He however claimed that the "situation was under control". Meanwhile curfew was imposed in view of the tension in the town after police had to fire tear gas shells on Wednesday to scatter the stone-pelters protesting against the alleged anti-Islam remarks of VHP leader Pravin Togadia.