Opposition avoiding discussions for headlines: Akhter

“The opposition members aren’t serious on discussions, but are creating disruptions in the House to make it to headlines,” Akther said.

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 4 2018 12:29AM | Updated Date: Jan 4 2018 12:29AM
Opposition avoiding discussions for headlines: AkhterPhoto: Mir Imran/GK

The government on Wednesday accused the opposition members of shying away from discussing or debating issues “to make it to newspaper headlines.”

Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and minister for public works department Naeem Akther said that the opposition members should participate in the motion of thanks on the governor’s address and “hold discussions.”

“The opposition members aren’t serious on discussions, but are creating disruptions in the House to make it to headlines,” Akther said.

Earlier, the entire opposition staged a walkout from the House after Speaker disallowed a discussion on civilian killings by government forces in 2017.

The lawmakers got enraged after minister for parliamentary affairs Abdur Rehman Veeri told the House that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti allowed a discussion during the last budget session “given the gravity of the issue.”

“But today it is hard for the Speaker to decide on which issue he should allow a discussion,” Veeri told the House.

Akther told reporters outside the legislature that the opposition members should not run away from discussions or debates over holding of Panchayat elections.

“I urge them to come and participate so that they can suggest things to the government or criticise it,” he said.

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