Attacks on Gujjar Muslims in Kathua district of Jammu province resonated in the Legislative Assembly for the second consecutive day on Tuesday with entire opposition staging walkout from the House in protest against the Government’s failure to protect the community.
An angry Mian Altaf, who raised the issue in the House yesterday, stormed into the Well while MLA Langate Er. Rashid alleged that RSS-BJP was behind the attack.
During the Question Hour, Er. Rashid alleged that Government has given a free-hand to RSS and BJP activists to terrorize and harass Muslims of Jammu province.
“On one hand, this Government slaps PSA on people in Kashmir for even possessing single bullet, but on the other it has given guns to RSS activists in Jammu and they can kill anybody at their will,” Rashid said.
This led to exchange of heated arguments between Rashid and BJP lawmakers.
“You are a terrorist,” BJP lawmakers countered Rashid.
Rashid continued his attacks, saying, "You are real enemies of India. You are national terrorists.”
NC MLA from Kangan, Mian Altaf, urged the Speaker to allow him to speak on the issue.
As the Speaker continued to ignore his pleas, the lawmaker stormed into the Well after turning the front row desk upside down.
The agitating lawmaker tried to reach near the Speaker’s podium but marshals prevented him from proceedings.
“The communal elements belonging to RSS-BJP today also attacked the community and torched their belongings. The Government has failed to ensure safety of the minorities in Jammu province,” Altaf shouted.
As Minister for Forests, Choudary Lal Singh, stood up to respond to the opposition, Main Altaf interrupted him, saying, “You cannot speak on the matter.”
Soon all MLAs from NC, Congress supported Altaf and Rashid and asked the Government to come up with a statement over its “failure” to protect the community.
"Anti-Muslim Sarkar Hai Hai, RSS Sarkar Hai Hai,” Congress lawmakers Asgar Karbali and Delden Namgyal shouted.
The opposition shouted down Abdur Rehman Veeri and Choudary Zulfikar after they accused the opposition of communalizing the situation.
Amid anti-Government slogans, the entire opposition staged walk-out from the House.
Later, talking to reporters, senior Congress leader Nawang Rigzin Jora charged the Government of spreading hate and communal politics in J&K.
“This Government is responsible for vitiating peace in the State,” he said.
Mian Altaf also demanded action against district administration Kathua “for giving free hand to rioters.”
“Those who are at the helm of maintenance of law and order in the district should be taken to task,” he demanded.