Anti-Government Slogans Raised in J&K Assembly

The Budget session of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly began on a stormy note today with Opposition National Conference and Congress disrupting the Governor’s customary Address and staging a walkout while protesting against AFSPA, “shortage of ration” and some other issues. The government criticised the opposition parties for such a behaviour, saying they should have first listened to the Governor’s Address and then made their point in a democratic manner. As soon as Governor N N Vohra rose to address the joint sitting of Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, National Conference members started shouting slogans demanding revocation of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) imposed in the state. They also demanded “adequate” supply of foodgrains to the people of the state and dismissal of Forest Minister Lal Singh for allegedly making threatening remarks against Gujjars in Jammu region last week.The NC members shouted slogans like ‘AFSPA ko wapas karo’ (revoke AFSPA), ‘Bhashan nahi ration chahiyay’ (we do not need speeches, give ration) and ‘Lal Singh ko barkhast karo’ (dismiss Lal Singh). The Congress members also were on their feet, alleging that the PDP-BJP coalition government has failed on issues like implementation of National Food Security Act and regularization of daily wage workers in various government departments. As the Governor refused to pay heed to the protests and continued his address, members of both the opposition parties later walked out.

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