‘Unprepared’ ministers give ammunition to Opposition

The PDP-BJP Government is facing embarrassing situation in the Legislative Assembly during the ongoing budget session as several ministers seem clueless about pointed questions and are unable to give convincing answers.
‘Unprepared’ ministers give ammunition to Opposition

The PDP-BJP Government is facing embarrassing situation in the Legislative Assembly during the ongoing budget session as several ministers seem clueless about pointed questions and are unable to give convincing answers. The "unprepared" ministers are giving much-needed ammunition to the opposition to corner and grill the Government.

The Government cut a sorry figure in the Lower House on Tuesday when Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chandra Prakash Ganga, could not aptly respond to questions posed by members from treasury benches as well as opposition.

The Minister's "non-satisfactory" reply prompted Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami to take a jibe at him. "You should come prepared and not rely on chits of your Commissioner/ Secretary," Tarigami remarked.

Several MLAs demanded that the question should be deferred as the minister seemed to be unprepared. The Speaker finally gave into the demand.

Since the beginning of the Budget session on January 2 here, Government is facing embarrassing situation in the Legislative Assembly as its several ministers are unable to give satisfactory answers.

On Monday evening, some members mocked at a Minister after grants of his department were passed.

"Papu Pass Ho Gaya," some MLAs remarked.

The "insulting" remarks prompted Deputy Speaker Nazir Gurezi to direct the members not to use un-parliamentary language in the House.

Not to talk of opposition, even MLAs from treasury benches are cornering the Government as its ministers fail to put forth their replies properly.

On Monday, Minister of State for Tourism, Priya Sethi, was accused by her party member Gagan Baghat of misleading the House.

Baghat not only contested the Minister's reply but also tore papers and staged walkout from the House.

The opposition latched on the "differences" within the BJP over the issue, and staged walkout to protest against "discrimination" meted out to Jammu in tourism sector and the "incorrect" reply.

To a question on why Ministers are not able to give satisfactory answers, Government spokesman Naeem Akhter said: "There have been several instances in the past also when questions have been deferred."

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