GST: Assembly Session adjourned sine die on Ist day

GST: Assembly Session adjourned sine die on Ist day

“The House has been adjourned for indefinite time. The House will re-convene after All Party Committee constituted on the GST finalizes its report,” the Speaker announced.

The Special Session of the Legislative Assembly convened here to discuss implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in J&K was adjourned sine die on the very first day on Saturday even before discussing the law.

Amid lack of consensus over the GST regime, the Speaker Kavinder Gupta announced adjournment of the House “on recommendations of the Business Advisory Committee.”

“The House has been adjourned for indefinite time. The House will re-convene after All Party Committee constituted on the GST finalizes its report,” the Speaker announced.

The BAC comprising representatives from different political parties met before the commencement of the session this morning.

Opposition and Valley-based business community have opposed the GST fearing its implementation will compromise the residual financial and political autonomy of the state.

Before the beginning of proceedings today, NC and Congress lawmakers staged protests outside the Assembly complex against civilian killings and blinding of youngsters by security forces.

Shouting slogans ‘RSS Sarkar Hai Hai (Down with RSS Government), (Zionist Agenda Hai Hai (Down with Zionist Agenda)’ and ‘Israeli Sarkar Hai Hai (Down with Israeli Government)’, the protesting lawmakers demanded an end to bloodshed in Kashmir.

“This Government is killing innocent civilians. It has no right to continue in the chair,” the opposition MLAs shouted and greeted ministers of the coalition government with protests.

Carrying placards with messages ’stop killing of innocents’ and ‘stop use of pellet guns,’ the opposition lawmakers entered the House and continued with anti-government protests.

Amid din in the House, National Conference MLA Muhammad Akbar Lone sparred with lawmakers from PDP who objected to opposition’s anti-Government slogans.

“You have brought shame to the State by entering into alliance with the BJP. You got votes for one thing but ended up doing something else,” Lone told lawmakers from the treasury benches.

“You are massacring people on the directions of New Delhi. You have shut your eyes and ears to what is happening in Kashmir.”

Soon independent MLA from Langate, Er Rashid, also joined the anti-government protests as the Speaker’s repeated directions to restore order in the House failed.

“The obituary reference is wastage of time. You (Speaker) should adjourn routine business of the House and discuss how Kashmir issue can be resolved,” Rashid said.

In the meanwhile, NC legislator Abdur Majid Larmi stormed in the Well and protested against use of pellet guns in Kashmir.

“Why you (Government) are silent on the killings? Our leader Omar Abdullah accepted responsibility for the 2010 killings but you don’t have moral courage to own the 2016 killings,” Larmi said.

Participating in obituary session, National Conference leader Muhammad Shafi Uri charged the Government of resorting to state terrorism.

“The things happening in Kashmir are saddening. Scores of civilians have been killed in Kashmir since January. The schools and colleges are shut from March. Our hospitals are packed with injured civilians,” he said.

He said both State and Centre Governments are responsible for whatever is happening in Kashmir.

The NC leader said administrative measures cannot resolve Kashmir issue and taking such moves can have serious ramifications.

“On one hand, the Union Home Minister is saying that Government of India is working to find a permanent solution for the Kashmir issue but on the other New Delhi has shut all the doors of dialogue,” he said.

Coming down heavily on PDP-BJP Government, the NC leader charged them of failing to implement the agenda of alliance.

Congress MLA from Inderwal GM Saroori minced no words in castigating the Government for “worsening the situation in Kashmir”.

“Ever since the PDP- BJP Government took over, the situation has deteriorated in Kashmir,” he said.

Taking potshots at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Saroori said: “The Government is providing laptops and scooties to our daughters. How can they use them when they have been blinded by pellets?” Saroori asked.

“Don’t use Israeli pellet guns on our daughters.”

As Saroori continued attacks on State as well as Centre Governments, PDP lawmaker Javaid Mustafa countered him, saying, “Congress is main culprit for the present situation in Kashmir.”

This led to exchange of heated arguments between Saroori and Mir.

Amid the sparring, the Congress MLA asked Mir does his conscience allow him to ally with the party “which insults the Holy Quran.”

Mir hit back at Saroori, ”Your party is responsible for demolition of Babri Masjid. Your party hanged Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru.”

MLA Kulgam Muhammad Yosouf Tarigami called for coordination between all political parties for resolution of Kashmir issue.