Opposition to corner NC-Cong Govt in Assembly
Srinagar, Sept 28: The Summer session of Jammu and Kashmir assembly, which begins Thursday, is expected to be stormy as opposition parties are preparing to corner the National Conference-Congress coalition government over varied issues including law and order situation, alleged regional discrimination and governance deficit.
"There are many issues which need to be discussed in the coming session of the assembly with law and order situation being one of them," president of main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti told PTI.
She said her party had submitted several resolution on matters of public importance but most of them were rejected.
"We had submitted a resolution for starting an unconditional dialogue for addressing the Kashmir issue but even that has been rejected," the PDP leader said.
She said the legislature party of PDP would meet soon to devise a strategy for this session.
BJP, which is the second largest opposition party with 11 MLAs, has decided to press for its old demands like setting up of a delimitation commission and "regional discrimination" with Jammu and Ladakh regions of the state not being in the Centre's eight-point package.
"The Jammu and Ladakh regions have been completely ignored in the eight-point package by the Centre. While we are not opposed to the Rs five lakh compensation to the kin of the youth killed in the Valley, those killed in the Amarnath land row agitation in Jammu have been ignored," senior BJP leader Ashok Khajuria said.
Instead of paying compensation to the 17 youth killed in summer of 2008, there are cases pending against them. "When there is an attempt to do justice, it should be done with all," he added.
Khajuria said the government was dragging its feet over setting up the delimitation commission and his party will plead the case in the house proceedings.
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers' Party, which has three MLAs, said there were host of issues concerning the people of the state and need to be highlighted. "The government is visible only in the press releases issued by its Public Relations Department and carried in the newspapers. There is nothing visible on the ground . This government has failed miserably and has lost the moral right to continue in office," MLA Harsh Dev Singh alleged.
While law and order situation has spiralled out of control, the government writ does not run anywhere which has led to a defunct administration, he alleged.
Singh said the state government had even failed to implement the Centrally sponored schemes and the plan for the current fiscal was yet to implemented.
Anticipating trouble during the session, Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone has appealed to MLAs to raise issues of public importance in a democratic spirit.
He is likely to deploy women security staff in case the PDP president decides to start protests in the Well of the House.
The Speaker has also discussed the issue of security of the Assembly, both inside and outside, with top brass of police and other security agencies and issued necessary directions to them.
As per the schedule issued by the Assembly secretariat, the summer session is scheduled to adjourn on October 11.
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