Opposition parties ready with ‘ammunition’ for budget session

The budget session of the legislature beginning January 2 is expected to be stormy, with the opposition set to corner the government over a range of issues including civilian killings, multiple “assaults” on state’s special position and “increasing trend” of local youth joining the militant ranks.
Opposition parties ready with ‘ammunition’ for budget session
Photo: Mir Imran/GK

The budget session of the legislature beginning January 2 is expected to be stormy, with the opposition set to corner the government over a range of issues including civilian killings, multiple "assaults" on state's special position and "increasing trend" of local youth joining the militant ranks.

The opposition parties have already geared up to take the ruling PDP-BJP coalition head-on over the "emotive" and "touchy" issues that have taken a center-stage in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in 2016.

More than 90 civilians were killed and hundreds others injured in action by the police, paramilitary forces and the army in Kashmir areas since Wani's killing. The government has come in for severe criticism over 'unbridled' use of pellet guns that have led to blinding of several youth.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, senior National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said that they would seek answers from the government over killing of innocent civilians, including women.

"Human rights violations are at their peak in the state. The innocent people are being killed and subjected to enforced disappearances. We can't be a mute spectator to this lawlessness and would seek reply from the government over the situation," he said.

In the past 10 days, three civilians —a sumo driver and two women—were killed by government forces, triggering massive public protests and a strong condemnation by the joint resistance leadership.

Sagar said that the present dispensation has pushed the youth of Kashmir to the wall.

"The government talks of holding a dialogue with youth and separatists but how can they do so when they are languishing in jails?" he asked.

He alleged that the PDP-led government is "part and parcel of conspiracies being hatched by the rightwing groups" to undermine the state's special status.

"The PDP stands exposed before the people of Kashmir for pursuing the anti-Kashmir agenda," he said.

Congress legislature party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora said that they would raise the governance-related issues in the Assembly because "the government is missing on ground."

"You don't see the government on ground, you only see it in newspapers," he said.

He said that the situation in Kashmir is a "matter of grave concern" because "the number of civilian and forces' deaths in the past three years is record high."

"It is matter of concern for all of us that local youth are joining militancy. The appointment of an interlocutor has not yielded anything.  He is only talking to those who swear by the Constitution of India," he said.

State secretary of CPI (M) Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami said that he would raise the issues related to human rights violations in Kashmir, during the budget session.

"The government is using force and pellet guns against the people," he said, adding that the present dispensation has "bulldozed institutions and misgovernace has reached its peak."

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