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BJP, JKNPP boycott JK Guv`s joint address

Last Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 18:49

Jammu: Opposition BJP, Jammu and Kashmir
National Panthers Party and Jammu State Morcha on Monday boycotted
Governor N N Vohra`s joint address to the state Assembly
protesting the Omar Abdullah-led government`s "anti-national
act" of stopping BJP leaders from hoisting the tricolor on
January 26, among other issues.

The eleven members arrived on foot in the Assembly,
sporting the national tricolor on their chests, protesting
"the Omar Abdullah government`s anti-national act" of stopping
party leaders from hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk in
Srinagar on January 26.
They entered the Central halls of Legislature and started
shouted slogans like `Apmaan nahi sahain gay (we will not
tolerate insult to tricolour) and Vande Mataram` when Governor
N N Vohra was about the begin the joint address.

"We are here to protest strongly against the insult to
National flag, shabby treatment meted out to the leaders of
Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley by Omar Government
by keeping them hostage and not allowing them to address
public rally in Jammu against their constitutional and
democratic rights," Leader of BJP Legislative party, Chaman
Lal Gupta told Vohra.
Gupta also attacked Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for
his comment on accession of the state to India.

After five minutes, BJP members walked out and boycotted
the Governor`s address. Lone JMM Member Ashwani Kumar also
boycotted the session.

Later N N Vohra began his address at 10:30 hours and
ended without disruption at 11:20 hours.

JKNPP also boycotted the speech and sat on dharna in
front of the Assembly in protest against the alleged failure
of the state government on "all fronts".

"There is no governance in Jammu and Kashmir. Writ of
Government is not seen on the ground. Discrimination continues
with Jammu as one lakh employments were announced by PM for
Kashmir ignoring Jammu," JKNPP leader Harsh Dev Singh told
reporters here today.

"Delimitation of Assembly segments has not been done
there. It has been done in Jammu region, which has more
population and geographical area than Kashmir but less
Assembly seats," Singh said.

However, PDP maintained total calm and took part in
the Assembly session peacefully. Led by the opposition leader
Mehbooba Mufti, entire PDP keenly observed the Governor`s
speech unlike last year when they had boycotted the budget
session for over a week.

Budget session of Jammu and Kashmir began today and
budget would be presented on March 7.

PTI

First Published: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 18:49
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